Dangerous Intercepts: China warns Japan

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Japanese self defense aircraft tracking Chinese war planes

Japanese military aircraft are increasingly engaging in dangerous intercepts of Chinese planes, putting the safety of Chinese fliers at risk and damaging bilateral relations, China’s Defense Ministry said Thursday.

Japan reported earlier this month that it has scrambled its warplanes 407 times between April 1 and September 30 in reaction to increased Chinese military flights near Japanese airspace.

That’s almost double the number of intercepts Japan’s Air Self Defense Force made on Chinese aircraft in the same period in 2015.

“Such high-frequency reconnaissance against China not only disturbs the routine training of the Chinese military but also undermines the security interests of China,” Col. Wu Qian, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, said at a briefing on Thursday.

The Chinese Air Force sent more than 40 aircraft to the West Pacific near the Japanese island of Okinawa in late September.

The Chinese Air Force sent more than 40 aircraft to the West Pacific near the Japanese island of Okinawa in late September.

Wu said Japanese planes were using dangerous tactics during those intercepts.

“The aircraft of Japanese Air Self Defense Force switched on the fire control radars or even dropped an infrared countermeasure bomb during encounters with Chinese aircraft,” Wu said, calling those actions “unprofessional and dangerous.”

Wu said Chinese military flights near Japan were completely within international law and standard aviation practices.

Japan’s disproportionate response risked accidents and relations, he said.

Japan’s Defense Ministry did have any immediate comment on the Chinese allegations when contacted by CNN on Friday.

China did not cite any specific incidents during Thursday’s briefing.

It would be recalled that during the summer, Chinese government said two Japanese F-15 jets locked their fire control radars onto two Chinese Su-30 jets during a June 17 encounter over the East China Sea.

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/27/asia/china-japan-fighter-jet-intercepts/index.html


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