Japanese fighter jets monitor Chinese aircraft near islands

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Japanese fighter jets monitor Chinese aircraft near islands

Robert Besser
05 Jan 2023, 11:56 GMT+10

  • Japan has disclosed that over the past two weeks, it scrambled jet fighters and dispatched aircraft and warships to monitor Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and five warships
  • Japan’s Ministry of Defence said that the move was in response to the Chinese naval group sailing between the main Okinawa island and Miyakojima island into the Western Pacific from the East China Sea on 16th December
  • The Chinese carrier conducted more than 300 take-offs and landings of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, added the ministry, which did not report any incursions into Japanese territory

TOKYO, Japan: Japan has disclosed that over the past two weeks it scrambled jet fighters and dispatched aircraft and warships to monitor the Chinese aircraft carrier, Liaoning, and five warships that conducted naval drills and flight operations near Japanese islands.

In a press release, Japan’s Ministry of Defence said that the move was in response to the Chinese naval group sailing between the main Okinawa island and Miyakojima island into the Western Pacific from the East China Sea on 16th December.

The Chinese carrier conducted more than 300 take-offs and landings of fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, added the ministry, which did not report any incursions into Japanese territory.

While China has previously launched similar operations, including one in May, the latest drills close to Japanese islands come after Japan announced it would double defense spending over the next five years to deter China from using its military to push territorial claims in the region, including against Taiwan.

Japan also reported that it detected flights by a Chinese WZ-7 drone close to Miyakojima, the first time the high-altitude drone was spotted in the area.

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