On Friday, South Korea’s military said, it had scrambled fighter jets following 2 Chinese and 7 Russian warplanes entered its air defense identification zone.
Beijing called the intrusion regular training.
In a statement Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, “Chinese and Russian aircraft entered the northeastern part of the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) for a unspecified period before exiting”.
The statement mentioned that the Chinese and the Russian warplanes did not violate its airspace.
The JCS dispatched fighter jets and air refueling tankers to brace for a potential contingency.
“We assess the situation as joint Chinese and Russian military exercises but additional analysis is needed,” said the JCS in a statement.
Unlike a country’s designated airspace, an ADIZ is typically an area marked by a country where it may unilaterally demand foreign aircraft take special steps to identify themselves.
There are no international laws governing ADIZs.
In 2019, South Korean warplanes fired hundreds of warning shots toward Russian military aircraft when they entered South Korean airspace during a joint air patrol with China.
At that time, Japan and South Korea had scrambled fighter jets to intercept the patrol.