News / Asia

China on Alert After Japan Scrambles Jets over E. China Sea

Handout photograph taken on a marine surveillance plane B-3837 shows the disputed islets, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, December 13, 2012.
Handout photograph taken on a marine surveillance plane B-3837 shows the disputed islets, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, December 13, 2012.
VOA News
China says it is on alert after Japan dispatched fighter jets over the East China Sea.

Japanese media report Japan sent F15 fighter aircraft after detecting a Chinese marine surveillance plane in disputed airspace near contested islands in the East China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Tuesday Beijing will pay close attention to Japan's decision to dispatch fighter jets.  She said China's surveillance plane was conducting routine patrols at the time.

"As far as I know, China's marine surveillance plane you mentioned has been conducting routine patrols in airspace over the East China Sea," Hua said.  "The Chinese side is highly concerned with and alert to Japan sending the air self-defense force jets."

Japanese defense officials say the Y-12 propeller plane from China's State Oceanic Administration was spotted about 100 kilometers north of the uninhabited islands, known in Japan as Senkaku and in China as Diaoyu.  After Japan scrambled fighter jets, the plane left the area.

Click to EnlargeClick to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
Click to Enlarge
The islands have been a source of major tension between the two Asian powers.

Earlier this month, China and Japan engaged in a diplomatic dispute after a Chinese government plane flew near the contested islands.

Japan lodged an official protest and summoned China's ambassador in Tokyo.

Japan also described the incident as the first-ever "intrusion" by a Chinese plane into what Japan considers its airspace.  Chine said the plane's mission was "completely normal."

You May Like

Video Getting to Zero AIDS Infections

More than 35 million people around the world are infected with HIV, a disease that is both preventable and treatable

Children, Childhoods Lost in European Refugee Crisis

According to UNICEF, 190,000 children applied for political asylum in Europe in the first 9 months of this year - twice as many as last year

What Happened When I Landed in Antarctica

Refael Klein chronicles what it's like to visit one of the coldest, most desolate places on Earth

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments page of 2
by: Li from: China
December 28, 2012 5:55 AM
Japan is not in our league, usa should go away or you will have the same ending
In Response

by: Ian from: USA
December 28, 2012 10:27 AM
I am glad that a communist from the mainland is candid enough to say it loud and clear.
Normally, chinese communists always coat everything with honey talk while secretly stealing technologies and planning to plunder and destroy the whole world.
The western countries are not blameless, we funnel investment to China, companies shipped factories & jobs there ( turn a blind eye to the fact that China will not become a free & democratic country as we hope for) while we are losing jobs and destroy our economy.
I say demote and get rid of those chinese communist enamored advisors like Kissinger is the first step for our recovery and then we can deal with China without having to listen to bad advices.

by: Xand from: Belarus
December 26, 2012 10:58 PM
I think historically this land belongs to China. It's high time for Japanese government & nation to recognise the results of WW-2 & concentrate on security of their nuclear plants. And it's no not fare to call Russian Curil Islands their "northern territories".
In Response

by: Sathish from: India
December 28, 2012 1:44 AM
Oh My god, For this small island, these big giant countries are fighting, we often forget the disasters of World wars, and again and again, we are preparing for the world wars, stop this please
In Response

by: Ly Thai To from: Ho Chi Minh
December 28, 2012 12:00 AM
@Xand from: Belarus, do not comment anything if you are too ignorant about History and the greedy Chinese Communist. Let keep silent is better, no one will not notice you are dumb.

by: Haron from: Afghanistan
December 26, 2012 10:58 AM
if we summarize them. war with China means playing with fires. both China and Japan are our neighbors. more than Western countries the pains and hurts will cover our hearts and we might cry for Japan people. but, Western countries will invest trillions of EURO or Dollar to rebuild the Japan. as I think
In Response

by: opexwells from: USA
December 26, 2012 9:00 PM
@Haron, same as here, if Chin wants to war with the USA, they are playing fire too. 5000 nuclear warheads can put chin into ashes with no doubts.
In Response

by: RGR from: NY
December 26, 2012 1:42 PM
I thought America is completely responsible for defending Japan… WWII Treaty or something

by: Spin from: Japan
December 26, 2012 10:34 AM
The present Chinese(The time of Tang) is hopeless although it is easy to be a wise old Chinese.

by: Kamikaze from: Japan
December 26, 2012 8:03 AM
@Jonathan Huang, Are you crazy? Go back to China mainland from Canada. You must be very busy to make excuses each time China conducts wrongdoings. Japan is ready to kick back Chinese from Senkaku waters (Diaoyu? Never use such a funny name as Japan's inherent territories.)
In Response

by: opexwells from: USA
December 26, 2012 8:48 PM
@jonathan Huang, what kind of crap the evidence that the chins have to prove the Senkaku islands belong to chin? Don't just come out with the toilet tissue fabricated to fool the world that the ancient chins own the islands. Lets look at the facts, Had any chin people ever lived on the island and/or has even the chin government ever executed any jurisdiction over the islands from the past to now? Certainly no one can ever fabricate the kind of crap tissue papers and false statement in human history like chin people because you guys are the world-class topnotch liars in the world
In Response

by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
December 26, 2012 2:22 PM
@ Kamikaze from: Japan, typical Japanese behaviour. When they can't argue with evidences and logic, they start personal attack by defaming and threatening.
Isn't that the same Japanese government is doing? Typical!

by: Wong from: China
December 26, 2012 3:05 AM
Americans should understand that their era is going to end. Each decade there is only 1 superpower like Greek => Italia => England => America. The next will be China, you can't prevent the history rule.
In Response

by: Thomas from: india
December 28, 2012 1:42 AM
Please understand the difference between a decade & a century before you comment. If America is a cat, China is a copycat. Everything the Chinese do is a copy of what Americans have done already. Stop dreaming. China is not yet there... still a long way to go and by then there might be other challengers to the crown too ...
In Response

by: Ian from: USA
December 26, 2012 2:36 PM
And would you please name the next in throne after "Global invader Imperialistic golden age of Giant Pandas " finishing its decade ?
Any idea which country will replace the great "Ming the merciless" country ?
The world would love to hear your wisdom

by: Tran Tan Tan from: Hanoi
December 26, 2012 12:14 AM
It is time for Japan to rearrange its military more stronger from self-defense to full force now. It is time for Japan to teach the provocative Chinese communist Plunder one lesson on how to behave. The inhumane and robber Chinese regime expands their land by invading other countries' territory such as Tibet, Uyghur then they established their cruel policies imposed on the indigenous people and at the moment, the ruthless and mad communist China comes to Southeast Asia and Japan so as to claim land from these peace-loving countries. Down with the robber Chinese, Love you Japan.

by: vision from: Asia
December 25, 2012 11:00 PM
Japan/US forget US didn't stop the Vietnam War, neither did the US win the Korean War. Russia has logistic problem supporting Cuba, US has similar logistic problem (Pacific Ocean) supporting Japan or Taiwan. Peace.

by: Sun from: Taipei
December 25, 2012 10:46 PM
@JeffreyGuan from: Qingdao China. We know very well Chinese history of military aggression in Mongolia, Tibet, India and so on. China is not a peace-loving country but a country of evil, just like North Korea.
In Response

by: Anonymous
December 27, 2012 9:59 PM
Are you a person who wants to eliminate all the members of a country or area that you don't like? It seems that you live and evil loves you.
May God bring peace and love in your mind.

by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
December 25, 2012 9:22 PM
China is flexing its muscles; it is not over a spec of mud, but over the massive amount of natural resources, projected, in the "CHINA SEA". It is not un-usual for emerging powers to asert themselves in their region and well beyond, like Japan/Britain/ France/USA/ Germany/Russia, etc.. have done throughout history. The flexing of muscles, develpos into empires and so on. The problem is that now people have WMD, miscalculations can and will probably lead, not to sword fights, but potentially nuclear exchanges; it all depends on the stubourness of the protagonists of this sad sit. Unfortunately, our current conflict resolution organizations are fairly powerless, unless the sides agree to arbitration, as the old empires did very rarely, these confrontations over the China sea look very detrimental to all. The sooner the international community acts ,to ease the crisis, the better outcome for all...
In Response

by: really now from: Canada
December 27, 2012 10:00 PM
If you really want to be historical about it, Japanese Samurai had invaded islands Ryukyu in the 1600's. This was not a Chinese island, it was its own kingdom. So more or less it is Japans. If you really want to argue what Japan deserves to lose due to ww2 well then your screwed in the head if they lose these islands that were Japanese before the war that happened 200 years later.

For the reactions, a surveillance plane enters questionable airspace, what are you going to do, scare it away with a float plane? No. Some of you are so dense, if Japan wants China to keep its nose out of its airspace, then it has the right to do so. There is still a lot of Japanese hate, from propaganda from 60 years ago. Stop it. The second world war is out of the question now, if you want to argue who the bad guy is in that war, go to a youtube page.
In Response

by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
December 26, 2012 3:09 AM
Dont you forget it was Japan provoked first by so called "buying" the island.
And dont you forget it is Japan first using army in this conflict, China only used unarmed ships and planes.
So which is more aggressive? It is Japan!
The facts are, Japan is still worshipping class-A war criminals in a shrine. The Cairo declaration said Japan only has its four main islands. Japan stole Diaoyu island from Taiwan!
In Response

by: derpedederp from: Vancouver
December 25, 2012 11:39 PM
huh? So China goes "on alert" after Japan sent F15 fighter aircraft after detecting a Chinese marine surveillance plane

Yup CHINA sure is flexing its muscles again
Comments page of 2

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
With HIV, Can We Get to Zero?i
Carol Pearson
November 29, 2015 1:23 PM
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Getting to Zero." The U.N. says new HIV infections have been reduced by 35 percent since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths are down by 42 percent since the peak in 2004. VOA's Carol Pearson takes a look at what it might take to actually have an AIDS-free generation.

Video With HIV, Can We Get to Zero?

The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Getting to Zero." The U.N. says new HIV infections have been reduced by 35 percent since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths are down by 42 percent since the peak in 2004. VOA's Carol Pearson takes a look at what it might take to actually have an AIDS-free generation.

Video Political Motives Seen Behind Cancelled Cambodian Water Festival

For the fourth time in the five years since more than 350 people were killed in a stampede at Cambodia’s annual water festival, authorities canceled the event this year. Officials blamed environmental reasons as the cause, but many see it as fallout from rising political tensions with a fresh wave of ruling party intimidation against the opposition. David Boyle and Kimlong Meng report from Phnom Penh.

Video African Circus Gives At-Risk Youth a 2nd Chance

Ethiopia hosted the first African Circus Arts Festival this past weekend with performers from seven different African countries. Most of the performers are youngsters coming form challenging backgrounds who say the circus gave them a second chance.

Video US Lawmakers Brace for End-of-Year Battles

U.S. lawmakers are returning to Washington for Congress’ final working weeks of the year. And, as VOA's Michael Bowman reports, a full slate of legislative business awaits them, from keeping the federal government open to resolving a battle with the White House over the admittance of Syrian refugees.

Video Taiwan Looks for Role in South China Sea Dispute

The Taiwanese government is one of several that claims territory in the hotly contested South China Sea, but Taipei has long been sidelined in the dispute, overshadowed by China. Now, as the Philippines challenges Beijing’s claims in an international court at The Hague, Taipei is looking to publicly assert its claims. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing.

Video After Terrorist Attacks, Support for Refugees Fades

The terrorists who killed and injured almost 500 people around Paris this month are mostly French or Belgian nationals. But at least two apparently took advantage of Europe’s migrant crisis to sneak into the region. The discovery has hardened views about legitimate refugees, including those fleeing the same extremist violence that hit the French capital. Lisa Bryant has this report for VOA from the Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise

Video Syrian Refugees in US Express Concern for Those Left Behind

Syrian immigrants in the United States are concerned about the negative tide of public opinion and the politicians who want to block a U.S. plan to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees. Zlatica Hoke reports many Americans are fighting to dispel suspicions linking refugees to terrorists.

Video Thais Send Security Concerns Down the River

As Thailand takes in the annual Loy Krathong festival, many ponder the country’s future and security. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai.

Video Islamic State Unfazed by Losses in Iraq, Syria

Progress in the U.S.-led effort to beat Islamic State on its home turf in Iraq and Syria has led some to speculate the terror group may be growing desperate. But counterterror officials say that is not the case, and warn the recent spate of terror attacks is merely part of the group’s evolution. VOA National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more.

Video Belgium-Germany Border Remains Porous, Even As Manhunt For Paris Attacker Continues

One of the suspected gunmen in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, evaded law enforcement, made his way to Belgium, and is now believed to have fled to Germany. VOA correspondent Ayesha Tanzeem makes the journey across the border from Belgium into Germany to see how porous the borders really are.

Video US, Cambodian Navies Pair Up in Gulf of Thailand

The U.S. Navy has deployed one of its newest and most advanced ships to Cambodia to conduct joint training drills in the Gulf of Thailand. Riding hull-to-hull with Cambodian ships, the seamen of the USS Fort Worth are executing joint-training drills that will help build relations in Southeast Asia. David Boyle reports for VOA from Preah Sihanouk province.

Video Uncertain Future for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Illinois

For the trickle of Syrian refugees finding new homes in the Midwest city of Chicago, the call to end resettlement in many U.S. states is adding another dimension to their long journey fleeing war. Organizations working to help them integrate say the backlash since the Paris attacks is both harming and helping their efforts to provide refugees sanctuary. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.

VOA Blogs