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Japan Releases Information on Chinese Flights Near Disputed Islands

The Japanese Ministry of Defense said this Chinese maritime surveillance plane flew near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Japanese Ministry of Defense)The Japanese Ministry of Defense said this Chinese maritime surveillance plane flew near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Japanese Ministry of Defense)
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The Japanese Ministry of Defense said this Chinese maritime surveillance plane flew near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Japanese Ministry of Defense)
The Japanese Ministry of Defense said this Chinese maritime surveillance plane flew near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands on Dec. 22. (Courtesy Japanese Ministry of Defense)
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has released what it says are the flight paths of Chinese maritime surveillance planes making four flights near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea.

The ministry said the flights took place on December 22 and then again from December 24-26.

On December 25, Japanese media reported that Japan had sent F-15 aircraft in response to the sighting of the Chinese plane.

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.

The islands, which may sit on top of vast oil reserves, have been a source of major tension between the two Asian powers.

Map insets have been added.

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by: Wu from: USA
January 17, 2013 1:50 AM
The fact is in the 70s the Chinese government used forced to occupy some islands of the ASEAN countries in south china sea 1000 miles from china mainland. If they're strong enough they will do the same with the Japanese. There is no rule with the chinese! Just play dirty as they are! Shame, shame, Shame! China is like a big brother doing nothing good for its neighbors!

by: partheban from: Bangalore
January 07, 2013 1:08 PM
Aggresiveness of China is increasing day to day

by: Wangchuk from: NYC
January 04, 2013 9:55 AM
Mr. Huang's comment is an example of the chauvinistic & xenophobic attitude of the Chinese communists. First the PRC invaded Tibet & E. Turkestan & they claim they will one day invade the de facto independent nation of Taiwan. The PRC is a hegemonistic empire and wants to dominate all of Asia. The Chinese communists are not only a threat to their own people but to the rest of Asia.

by: Wangchuk from: NYC
January 04, 2013 9:49 AM
If Chinese plans fly over Japanese airspace, the Japanese air force should escort them back to int'l airspace. It's as simple as that. The PRC wants to be the Middle Kingdom again & their attempts to claim sovereignty over the entire S. China Sea and nearby islands is yet another example of Chinese communist hegemonism.

by: Jonathan Huang from: canada
January 03, 2013 8:11 PM
@max from: U.S.A.
you are wrong, it is USA is against the whole world. Every corner of the world, if there is a war, you can see american soldiers.
It is China's duty to lead the whole world to fight against evil US.
And as a dog of US, Japan is still worshipping those WWII class-A criminals in their shrine. What is in their mind? wanna start the war over again which you couldnt finish? crazy Japanese!

by: Samurai from: Japan
January 03, 2013 12:13 AM
@Toni USA,You must be Chinese. According to Chinese claim, even USA is Chinese territory. China is aiming at every country that has natural resources.

by: max from: U.S.A.
January 03, 2013 12:01 AM
I love seeing one Chinese individuals trying to redraw China's territory just as copying & fabricating famous brand bags saying they invented it. LOL

They just sucks & such a SHAME as a human. Perhaps Japan should start to claim entire China was used to belong to Japan . Because Japs defeated China back in a days ago like a old rag doll. LOL Now, China would be facing serious consequences in a future if they are keeping this kind of behaviors ... It would be China vs the WORLD !! LOL good luck on that...lol

by: toni from: usa
January 02, 2013 4:35 PM
China is flying in her own airspace and Japan has no ground to complain

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