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(LEAD) Chinese military plane enters KADIZ, S. Korea's military says

All Headlines 15:53 January 29, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with details)

SEOUL, Jan. 29 (Yonhap) -- A Chinese military aircraft entered South Korea's Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) on Monday without prior notification, defense authorities here said.

It trespassed in the KADIZ at around 9:30 a.m. and entered Japan's ADIZ, or JADIZ, before finally flying out of the KADIZ at around 2:05 p.m., according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

"Our military first detected the unidentified flight in the southwest of Ieo Island," it said.

A South Korean Air Force jets, including an F-15K fighter, made an emergency sortie to closely monitor the Chinese plane's activity, added JCS.

The Chinese plane appears to be a Y-8 multi-role transport or maritime patrol jet, a source said later.

In mid-December, five Chinese military aircraft entered the KADIZ, the JCS announced at that time.

An ADIZ is airspace over land or water declared by a state for the early identification and location of a foreign plane approaching its territory. It's not defined in any international law or treaty.

The KADIZ near Ieo Island overlaps with the air defense zones designated by China and Japan.


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