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China sent its largest number of warplanes into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone since October on Sunday, Taipei’s Defense Ministry announced, as a report said that Beijing had recently established a constant naval presence between southern Japan and eastern Taiwan — an area viewed as a potential future battleground.

Sunday’s incursion of 39 warplanes, mostly advanced fighter jets, was the most in a single day since China sent 56 bombers, fighters and spy planes into the ADIZ on Oct. 4. The sortie included 24 J-16 fighters, 10 J-10 fighters and one nuclear-capable H-6 heavy bomber as well as reconnaissance aircraft.

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