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Japan scrambles fighters after Chinese plane enters disputed airspace

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Dec 13, 2012 10:21 Moscow Time

Острова Сенкаку в китайской картографии – Дяоюйдао

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Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after at least one Chinese state-owned aeroplane entered airspace over the islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

F-15 jets were mobilized after Chinese maritime aircraft entered airspace over the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyus, just after 11 a.m. (0200 GMT), Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters. Mr. Fujimura has blamed China for violating Japan’s airspace.

This is the first time fighter jets have been used in the Senkaku dispute. So far, China has only resorted to moving its patrol ships to the islands Japan believes to lie in its territorial waters.

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