The Drive are basing their story on this Reuter report:Indeed, yet according to the article, "Taiwanese fighter jets reportedly "drove off" Chinese Su-30 Flankers after the latter briefly entered the island's air defense identification zone earlier today.
Getting to decide who can fly where is the sort of action that's usually reserved for sovereign airspace, yet this isn't being protested by the usual suspects. I wonder why?
The PRC hasn't enforced anything other than identification from aircraft on courses towards PRC airspace transiting its ADIZ. In fact, it asks for considerably less than the US asks for in its southern ADIZ - which extends over sovereign Mexican territory.
Taiwan's air force warned off several Chinese fighter jets that briefly entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone to its southwest on Tuesday, the defence ministry said.
Note the use of “drove away” in quotes, suggesting that Reuters are not necessarily taking it literally.Taiwan’s air force warned off several Chinese fighter jets that briefly entered Taiwan’s air defence identification zone to its southwest on Tuesday, the defence ministry said.
The Su-30 fighters, some of China’s most advanced jets, were given verbal warnings to leave and Taiwanese air force jets “drove away” the intruders, ministry added.
First we have to keep in mind that Taiwan speak Chinese, so the use of the phrase “drove away” may be a translation choice that could have different meaning in the original text. Secondly, it may be standard Taiwanese foreign ministry hyperbole and not reflect what actually took place.
Reuters when using their own words used the term "warned off".