Japan’s ASDF jets scramble against Chinese planes near Senkakus

Japanese Air-Defense Force jets scrambled Wednesday after two Chinese naval airplanes were spotted approaching about 50 kilometers north of the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.

The Chinese Y-8 airplanes did not enter Japanese airspace but it was the first time Chinese military planes had come so close to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, the ministry’s Joint Staff Office said.

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