Taipei says Chinese combat aircraft, including nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets, entered its airspace.

A Su-30 fighter flies with an H-6K bomber in a drill near the East China Sea [File: Shao Jing/Xinhua via AP]

Nuclear-capable Chinese bombers and fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the large-scale incursion.

Taiwan’s air force warned away the Chinese aircraft, the defence ministry said.

“Airborne alert sorties had been tasked, radio warnings issued, and air defence missile systems deployed to monitor the activity,” it said in a brief statement.

China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted almost daily flights over the waters between the

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