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China, Japan Accuse Each Other of 'Dangerous' Flight Activities

A Chinese SU-27 fighter flies over the East China Sea, in this handout photo taken May 24, 2014 and released by the Defense Ministry of Japan, May 25, 2014.
A Chinese SU-27 fighter flies over the East China Sea, in this handout photo taken May 24, 2014 and released by the Defense Ministry of Japan, May 25, 2014.
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Japan and China have accused each other's air forces of "dangerous" behavior over disputed waters in the East China Sea.

China's Defense Ministry said a Japanese surveillance plane and another plane entered the defense zone Saturday during a joint military drill with the Chinese and Russian navies.

A ministry statement condemned the Japanese move and demanded that the country "stop all reconnaissance and interference activities, or Japan would be solely responsible for all consequences."'

A Japanese Defense Ministry spokesman said a Chinese fighter jet flew close to a Japanese surveillance plane where the countries' air defense identification zones overlap. The ministry also said a second Chinese warplane flew close to a Japanese electronic intelligence aircraft in the same area.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera responded by calling the Chinese actions "outrageous."

Chinese government ships and planes have periodically entered waters near the Senkaku islands, which Beijing also claims and calls the Diaoyus.

Japan's defense minister accused Beijing of going "over the top" in its approach to disputed territory.

Tensions have been running high between China and its neighbors over Beijing's assertive stance on claiming land and sea territory.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.

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by: Nelson from: China
May 26, 2014 11:19 PM
We love peace, hope that all the disputes can be resolved by talking. People are driving mad by greed and hatred, that would lead to killing between each other and benefit no one, human being would be terminator of human being.


by: Tuan from: Vietnam
May 26, 2014 3:21 PM
We have many problems in the region since the rise of China.
It does not make chinese lood good either. Why did chinese has millitary exercise in the dispute area? Why do Chinses claim 90% of South China Sea? The fact that Vietnam and Philippine have never invade China. Why can USA, Canada and Mexico live peacfully? But not Chinese?

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by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
May 27, 2014 12:54 AM
You are such an ignorant! Do you know why Canada America and Mexico can live peaceful together? Because America invaded Mexico and took Texas California and New Mexico from Mexico, America also took lands from Canada. Because America is the master, and the rest are dogs.
You viet should behave like Mexico. Get out of South China Sea, then we can be peaceful! Do you get it?


by: Seato
May 26, 2014 2:07 PM
Japan should try to resolve the Kuril problem with Russia first and try to achieve a peace agreement. Japan should then change its constitutions to allow the enlargement of its defence force,and form alliance with Vietnam,the Phillipines and India to restrain China. America is simply too untrustworthy

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by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
May 26, 2014 11:44 PM
I agree with you. We should bind ties with and represent South Asian small countries threatened by Chinese unilateral territorial aggression.


by: Tang Sochetvitou from: Cambodia
May 26, 2014 2:19 AM
The problems that happen in Asia, esp. around South& East China Sea, in the last 5 years is a clear symptom of the future large conflict/wars. It happened many times already during the man-kind hystory, esp. WWI & WWII; with all the evidents that we have, we know it is coming, so the question is why don't we do something to prevent it? Actually we do and try to prevent it from happen, but the only problem is we, human being, incapable of stop the war from happen. We can do a lot of good things for mankind to survive, but the conflict/ war we cannot. This is one of the big subject for Global Scientists to do research/ study to find the right medicine to cure this mankind long term disease.

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by: Bridge from: China
May 26, 2014 10:48 PM
It is really a big subject for Global Scientists to do research/study and find right medicine to cure this mankind long term disease. Global Scientists should pay more attention to research/study/cure mankind ourselves to help mankind and socielty more healthier and more improvement both in body, soul and the whole world. This will be much significance and important.


by: Kamikaze from: Japan
May 26, 2014 1:40 AM
Do Chinese air forces really think that they can fight against Japanese well-trained and high-technology-supported air forces? Japanese government has so far supplied PRC with ODA of more than 33 billion US dollars. PRC never thanks for that and never let its nationals know about it. PRC owes its present economy to Japanese financial and technological supports; however, PRC never appreciates them. Too arrogant PRC will sure be punished by Heaven.

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by: Tyler from: Australia
May 26, 2014 6:59 AM
China waved billions of war compensation from Japan after WWII. Japanese government and people showed repentance and gratitude towards China and helped tremendously in the economic recovery of China in the 80s and 90s. The fact is a healthy relationship between Japan and China is to the interests of both countries and the world being the second and third largest economies. Even Japan ever wins another war against China, (which I highly doubt with its limited military capacity), It will suffer as badly for losing its largest trade partner. And guess what, some country will be laughing while watching the clash.


by: Chi Le from: USA
May 25, 2014 2:09 PM
Nobody supports China’s provoking actions, except Russia. They are conducting a joint military drill to threaten to neighbor countries. Russia annexed Crimea and has destabilized Eastern Ukraine while China is invading waters of its other neighbors. It seems the world is starting a new war for territorial ambitions.

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by: someone from: China
May 26, 2014 12:30 PM
Haha...whatever, we do.
We won't forget what happened in WW2


by: Marry from: New York
May 25, 2014 12:44 PM
In my eyes, the history of World war II is not forgot by both China and Japan. One swears not to lose another piece of "their" lands and the other is afraid of revenge. I think no one has forgotten the terrible Japanese forces who were considered as invaders in the whole East Asian. It's strange that nowadays Japanese would say Chinese forces "have always..." and "as the world knows" when they once had such terrible forces.

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by: Tuan from: Vietnam
May 26, 2014 3:01 PM
To Huang Vietnam always remember Chinese invaded Vietnam for many years. Vietnam always remenber the war crimes that Chinese has committed on Vietnamese.
CHINESE HAS COMMITTED THE SAME CRIMES AND YOU ARE A GREEDY UGLY CHINESE.SO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

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by: jonathan huang from: canada
May 26, 2014 9:59 AM
@ Gene, you are ignorant, Chinese in mainland will always remember the war crimes committed by Japan, because those war victims were our grandfathers and grandmothers. now Japan is still worshiping those top WWII war criminals. shame on japan!

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by: Gene from: NYC
May 25, 2014 6:55 PM
The PRC, which we call "China" today, a one party dictatorship, did not even exist at the end of WWII. None of of the some 20+ nations that were invaded by Imperial Japan makes Japan's WWII history an official diplomatic and political tool. The China that was invaded by Imperial Japan is now Taiwan, a country that shares democratic ideals with Japan and
is lives in fear of China.


by: MOD from: CHINA
May 25, 2014 12:03 PM
Can you report that Japan 's plane flying over China and Russia's Military exercises at that time ?? Why don't U report that....huhhh ...What a bias........ What U will do when a plane fly over your Military exercises............

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by: Bomb US from: Washington
May 25, 2014 11:44 PM
Both Japan and USA are terrorist countries, suppose, without the US backing Japan, Japan will not invade China and Korea, so USA is the world largest terrorist, and the USA must pay a price for it, as we all know 911 was conducted by the USA itself, we still hope and want more 911.


by: meanbill from: USA
May 25, 2014 9:34 AM
FACT? -- The sun is now setting on Japan, (the little Island of the rising sun), that was once militarily ruled over an empire that conquered many countries -- (BUT NOW?) -- China now spits on the military of the little Island of Japan, where the sun is now setting? -- because Japan has no friends in all of Asia? -- (only business partners?).
The Japanese, (once great conquers), are humiliated now, and if not for US troops and US protection, the sun would set permanently on the little Island, that once was the empire of the rising sun? -- (The little Island of Japan, has lost it's military "face" in Asia, and in Russia? .. while still remaining an economic power in the world?)
PS; .. The US with the greatest military force in the history of the world, (that Japan now depends on to defend them), hasn't won a single conflict or war since WW2, in any of the numerous conflicts and wars they fought in? -- (HELLO?)..

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by: boke
May 26, 2014 2:14 AM
Average people get the information from the media, not by thought.chinese have lived with their neibours peacefully for decades, somebody agit the waters for their own benefits.

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by: Tuan from: VN
May 25, 2014 7:27 PM
The USA has not win wars because they could not wipe out woman and children like Chinese and Russian did.
If Edward Snowden is a Russian, his family and himself get kill long time ago.

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by: Gene from: NYC
May 25, 2014 6:59 PM
China is he only country in Asia that has no friends. Unless you want to include their puppet state North Korea. China has dropped their "peaceful rise" lie and is now openly attempting to take over the entire South and East China Seas at the expense of their neighbors. China is a militant dictatorship that needs to be stopped as it appears intent on starting WWIII.


by: chris from: florida
May 25, 2014 9:27 AM
it is apparent that china is merely trying to ward off intrusions into its domain, including intel gathering trips. this high handed approach is breaching topics. also, it is putting forth a series of mathematical equations that the leaders ignored for decades. direct conflict and threats issued directly provoke direct violent responses. even intel gathering trips will be approached using one hundred percent force is the message, no matter what you say. or do. and if you approach the leader, force will find you. tht is the simple message.

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