Newspaper article China Post

Military Monitored 'Unknown Aircraft' off East Coast

Newspaper article China Post

Military Monitored 'Unknown Aircraft' off East Coast

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Military officials said yesterday it had closely monitored an unknown aircraft that passed over waters off eastern Taiwan Tuesday, but it refused to confirm whether the aircraft is a surveillance drone belonging to the U.S. military.

Asked to comment on a local media report that exposed the incident, military spokesman Luo Shao-ho yesterday confirmed that the military had spotted "an unknown aircraft" on Tuesday.

However, Luo noted that the aircraft did not enter Taiwan's airspace as reported in a local newspaper.

"It remained outside of Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) the whole time," he said.

"We had been keeping close tabs on the aircraft," Luo told local reporters, adding that the ministry will not comment further on the issue.

The remarks came in response to the Chinese-language Liberty Times report released yesterday that identified the aircraft as the U.S. Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the most advanced long-range UVA used in the U.S. military.

The drone was seen flying southward over the waters off eastern Taiwan around 8 a.m. Tuesday when the R.O.C. Air Force was conducting a drill that featured the C-130HE electronic warfare aircraft as part of the ongoing "Han Kuang 31" series of military exercises, the report said. …

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