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Twenty-nine Chinese warplanes entered Taiwan’s air defence zone on Tuesday in its third-largest daily incursion this year, the island’s government said.

Taiwan lives under the constant threat of invasion by China, which sees the self-ruled, democratic island as part of its territory to eventually be retaken, by force if necessary.

On Tuesday, 29 Chinese aircraft — including 17 fighter jets and six bombers — crossed into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ), Taipei’s defence ministry said.

The ministry added that it scrambled its own aircraft to broadcast warnings and deployed air defence missile systems to track the jets.

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It marked this year’s third-biggest daily incursion by Chinese warplanes, after 39 jets entered the zone on January 23 and 30 jets on May 30, according to a database compiled by AFP.

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