29 Nov '13, 9pm

China Scrambles Jets After US, Japan Enter Air Zone

BEIJING — China on Nov. 29 scrambled fighter jets to monitor a dozen US and Japanese military aircraft that entered its new air defense zone, state media said. Beijing’s announcement last weekend of the air defense identification zone, which covers islands at the centre of a dispute between China and Japan, has raised tensions in the region. The report indicated that Japan and the US are continuing to disregard Beijing’s demands that aircraft submit flight plans when traversing the zone in the East China Sea or face unspecified “defensive emergency measures.” "Several combat aircraft were scrambled to verify the identities" of US and Japanese aircraft entering the air defense zone, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke. The Chinese aircraft, which included at least two fighter jets, identified two US surveillance aircraft and 10 Japan...

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