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China Tells Japan to Cool Tensions in East China Sea

  • VOA News

China is accusing Japan of increasing tensions over a groups of disputed islands.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying Thursday called on Japan to stop scrambling fighter jets over the East China Sea.

The spokesperson said, "We believe the Japanese side should not be sending out more aircraft but show more sincerity and take practical steps to work hard with China to find a way to appropriately manage and resolve the problem through dialogue, talks and consultations."

Japan said Wednesday it had scrambled fighter jets 306 in the 12-month period ending in March in response to Chinese planes approaching the islands - twice as many as it had in the previous 12 months.

The islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese are uninhabited.

Last September, Tokyo nationalized the islands, which have been the focus of a decades-long dispute.