Saturday, January 12, 2013

Japan, China Scramble Military Jets in East China Sea

A Japanese F-15 on the tarmac
Things are getting from bad to worse in the East China Sea. Military aircraft are getting involved, and the war of words is heating up 

Tensions continued to escalate between Japan and China over disputed islets in the East China Sea on Thursday, with Japan reportedly sending two F-15s from Naha, Okinawa, after several Chinese military aircraft crossed into its Air defense identification zone (ADIZ). China responded by scrambling two J-10s of its own. 

Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force spotted the Chinese aircraft in its ADIZ over the East China Sea at about 12pm on Thursday, Kyodo quoted a senior Defense Ministry official as saying, adding that the Chinese aircraft never entered Japanese airspace. Kyodo said the Chinese aircraft penetrated Japan’s ADIZ on three occasions. 

My article, published today in The Diplomat, continues here.

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