Saturday, November 26, 2016

Japan Scrambles Jet Fighters Amid Flight of Chinese Aircraft Near Okinawa

According to the Kyodo news agency, citing the Defense Ministry officials, four Chinese Xian H-6 jet bombers flew over the Miyako Strait, south to Okinawa, in the direction of the East China Sea.

In parallel, two Chinese Su-30s were registered, initially heading in the opposite direction, but near the Miyako Strait aircraft made a turn and also headed toward the East China Sea.

  • The Japanese authorities said that the Chinese planes did not violate the Japanese airspace. No other particular information was immediately available. 

In November 2013, China declared the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East Chins Sea, which provides for certain air traffic restrictions. In late September, JASDF jets flew on to intercept eight Chinese military aircraft flying between Okinawa’s main island and Miyako Island.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said then that it was the first time that Chinese military aircraft flew over the area.

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