Skip to comments.8 fighter jets scrambled after Chinese plane flies over disputed islands
Posted on 12/13/2012 8:29:19 AM PST by traumer
TOKYO Japan scrambled eight fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese state-owned plane breached its airspace for the first time, over islands at the center of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.
It was the first incursion by a Chinese state aircraft into Japanese airspace anywhere since the countrys military began monitoring in 1958, the defense ministry said.
The move marks a ramping-up of what observers suggest is a Chinese campaign to create a new normalwhere its forces come and go as they please around islands which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, but Tokyo controls as the Senkakus.
It also comes as ceremonies mark the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese Imperial Army troops embarked on an orgy of violence and killing in the then-Chinese capital.
F-15 jets were mobilized after a Chinese Maritime Surveillance aircraft ventured over the islands just after 11 a.m., Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters.
It was a fixed-wing Y-12 aeroplane belonging to the Chinese State Oceanic Administration. We confirmed that this aeroplane flew in our countrys airspace, he said.
It is extremely regrettable. We will continue to resolutely deal with any act violating our countrys sovereignty, in accordance with domestic laws and regulations.
The Y-12 is a twin-turboprop.
Japan mobilized eight F-15 jets and an E2C early-warning aircraft, the Asahi Shimbun reported, citing a defense ministry source. But the incident appeared to have passed off without any direct confrontation.
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Disappointing that they didn’t fire warning shots, or send their equivalent of Lt. Cdr. Wang Wei up...
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