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    Japan Summons China Ambassador Over Plane Incident

    In this undated photo released by Japan Ministry of Defense, Chinese SU-27 fighter plane is shown. China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea.
    In this undated photo released by Japan Ministry of Defense, Chinese SU-27 fighter plane is shown. China and Japan are blaming each other for a close encounter between military jets over the East China Sea.
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    Japan has summoned China's ambassador in Tokyo to protest an incident in which two Chinese fighter jets flew "dangerously close" to a pair of Japanese surveillance planes in the East China Sea.

    Tokyo's Defense Ministry said the Chinese jets came within 30 meters of the Japanese aircraft Wednesday in airspace claimed by both nations. It was the second such incident in less than three weeks.

    Japan's vice foreign minister, Akitaka Saiki, said Tokyo "denounced the incident strictly" and urged Beijing to take steps to ensure maritime tensions do not escalate.

    "China should respond seriously to Japan's repeated request to put into practice the early use of some sort of communications mechanism which would prevent collisions between Japan and China and also to prevent unforeseen incidents," he said.

    China's take

    Following his meeting Thursday with Saiki, China's ambassador to Japan, Cheng Yonghua, said China disagrees with Japan on what led to the incident.

    "Today I came here to the Foreign Ministry to discuss the matter regarding the aircrafts' close approach yesterday. But all the facts that China gained through our investigation are totally different from those given by Japan. We cannot accept their protests," he stated.

    Another near high-speed fly-by occurred in the same area on May 24, when Japan said two Chinese jets flew close to Japanese planes.

    Both countries regularly send planes and ships near disputed islands in the East China Sea, raising fears of an accidental clash.

    Tensions escalated in late 2012, when Japan's government purchased some of the islands from their private Japanese landowner.

    China later set up an Air Defense Identification Zone in the area, demanding that all aircraft identify themselves before entering.

    The U.S. and Japan have ignored the orders and have continued to fly planes through the ADIZ.

    Material from Reuters was used in this report.

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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 13, 2014 1:01 AM
    Lol if Japan is scared then follows the law and identify yourself.
    Every rule is enforced by power, China's AIDZ is also, let's play the game!

    by: DilNay
    June 12, 2014 1:45 PM
    Japs is the most dangerous species in this world. During late 1800's after it learned its new imperlist tricks from the west, it stabbed China, once its mentor, by invading northern part of China and occupied Korea. During WWII, while it was negotiating a peace treaty with the US, it launded Pearl Harbour attack.

    Unlike Germany, Japan still refused to apologize for crimes committed during WWII. Government officials still pay their respects to war criminals by visiting the Shrine. In their mind they will retaliate for the 2 nukes they got from the US. Don't let them fool you, this is the nation you can never trust.
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    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 13, 2014 12:53 AM
    @wolk, what are you smoking? China is the only country can't be trust?
    What about Russia annexes Crimea? Americas promise to protect Crimea? What about the faked excuse to invade Iraq? Bombing of villagers with drones in Pakistan ans Afghanistan?
    China is like an angel compare to those warmongers .
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    by: Peter Zeng from: Zhejiang , China
    June 12, 2014 11:20 PM
    Which country is the bad one, that is USA who always tell other countries to do bad things to China. On the one hand , he says he show no position on disputed areas like eastern / South China sea. On the anther hand , she supports Philippine and Japanese to disrupt the Chinese government's justice rights over Eastern / South China sea. Pls take care of your own countries issues , you are not the Asian country, therefore you are not qualified to accused of China and Chinese people. We love peace and our own country.
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    by: Wolk from: US
    June 12, 2014 4:42 PM
    China is the greedy, shameless country with its nose sniffed into each and everyone of its neighboring countries. It is the only country which can't never be trust in today modern history. China, we know your overgrown population is hungry for more land and natural resources but that does not justify your aggression/intention toward stealing from the rest of the world. You refer to WW2 events but it seems you are the one who wants to repeat it and to start a WW3.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    June 12, 2014 11:56 AM
    AN UNDENIABLE FACT? -- China has an (AIDZ) "Air Identification Defense Zone" and all Japan has to do before entering it, is identify the Japan plane to the Chinese -- (BUT?) -- Japan refuses to identify their planes to China before entering China's (AIDZ), so China sends a war plane to identify them... (and that hurts the pride of the "little" island of the rising sun, that once was the empire of the rising sun), doesn't it?

    JAPAN, stop your whining and crying, and either obey the rules of all the international (AIDZ), or China will send up war planes to identify the Japan plane, and if the Japan plane makes an aggressive move, they'll probably shoot that Japan plane down, for acting and being stupid..

    by: Mehtasaab from: Washington, DC
    June 12, 2014 10:25 AM
    China has a great ambition to grab neighbor countries land/Island. China is claiming many lands/Islands according to 1000 years old map. US will have to get tougher on this situation.China has a great ambition to grab neighbor countries land/Island.. Now America will have to take care of two countries China and Russia. Russia is grabbing Eastern Europe and China is grabbing South Asia. Both countries are getting strong and challenges USA.

    If USA will not prepare two powerful friends India and Japan, America will lose power in south Asia. I hope CIA and Obama administration know about danger.
    China is claiming many lands/Islands according to 1000 years old map. US will have to get tougher on this situation.

    by: meanbill from: USA
    June 12, 2014 10:15 AM
    MY OPINION? -- The sun is setting on Japan, the "little" Island of the rising sun, (that at one time was, "the Japanese empire of the rising sun" -- (AND NOW?) -- Japan just can't accept that they're now a dinky 'little" Island, of what used to be, "the empire of the rising sun" -- (AND NOW?) -- they refuse to acknowledge China's (AIDZ) -- (AND NOW?) -- they are crying when China answers their aggressive moves, because there is "nothing" they can do about it?

    JAPAN quite crying and whining, because you'll get no sympathy from your Asian neighbors who remember the ungodly atrocities you committed against them in WW2, -- (AND?) -- if not for the US protecting Japan, the rest of Asia would probably spit on the "little" Island of the rising sun, as they flew over it? -- Japan has no friends in Asia... REALLY

    by: Samurai from: Japan
    June 12, 2014 9:40 AM
    The Chinese (PRC) administration is trying to make Chinese people avert their eyes from their strong complaints against the PRC administration's poor political performance that has so far caused horrible economical divide between the poor and the rich classes, cancer-causing air pollution (in the whole east Asia), toxic drinking water, poisonous food (exported to everywhere in the world), accumulation of money by PRC leaders and their relatives, and no freedom for speech, above all. It is no use for PRC administration to provoke Japan and other neighboring countries, because all the rest of the world well knows what Chinese evil administration is doing. “Who spits against Heaven, spits in his own face” (Chinese have learned nothing from their own proverb).
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    by: Guan from: Beijing
    June 13, 2014 5:05 AM
    Don't bias. Based on the footage, and everything in the news. Japan , the trouble maker, is evidently offending China. It is a dirty excuse to explain the crime what Japan is doing. Please stop enraging the other countries in Asia.
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    by: Mehtasaab from: Washington, DC
    June 12, 2014 10:28 AM
    Samurai,
    Japan will need to extend friendship with India. Japan is a Tech-guru and India is a Software guru. Both countries can make "Smart Weapon" to protect against Chinese aggression.
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    by: rst0wxyz from: USA
    June 12, 2014 10:12 AM
    You certainly are full of Western propaganda and don't know what the hell you are talking about. If the citizens of China have "strong complaints against the PRC", a hundred million Chinese travel abroad, all return to China. China's economic growth has gone up by leaps and bounds. Automobiles, freeways, railways, and airports are all over China and are as crowded as anyplace in the world. Open your eyes and see instead of blinding following the Western propaganda lines.

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