Japan Sends Fighter Jets After A Second Ever Chinese Invasion Of Its Airspace
Jan. 5, 2013
China’s first ever invasion of Japan’s airspace happened just weeks ago, but the move appears to becoming a routine addition to the burgeoning standoff.
The AFP now reports:
Japan scrambled fighter jets on Saturday to head off a Chinese state-owned plane that flew near islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, a Japanese Defense Ministry spokesman said.
The Japanese jets were mobilized after a Chinese maritime aircraft ventured some 120 kilometres (74 miles) north of the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyus, at around 12:00 pm (0300 GMT), the spokesman said. The Chinese Y-12 twin-turboprop later left the zone without entering Japanese airspace over the islands, he added. It was the first time Japanese fighter jets had been scrambled this year to counter Chinese aircraft approaching the islands, the spokesman said.