China Dispatched Fighter Jets After Japan Enter China’s Newly Claimed Air Defense ID Zone
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China sent fighter jets to the newly claimed defense ID zone after Japan enter that area in a military exercise with the U.S. and South Korea. The U.S. flew two unarmed B-52 bombers into the area earlier without filing flight plans or informing China.
The newly claimed defense ID zone included areas of the disputed islands which both countries have claimed as theirs. The disputed island is known as Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Japan’s military said they will continue to patrol over the area despite Beijing’s claim of the new zone. The People’s Liberation Army Air Force flew Russian-developed Su-30 and Chinese-made J-11 jets into the area after the U.S., Japan and South Korea held military exercises in the zone.
The area was frequently used by the U.S. and Japan for military exercises prior to the new claim. Japan has asked its commercial airline not to file flight plans to China when flying in the zone.
China said it reserves the right to take emergency defense measures in the zone but the U.S. and Japan is calling the declaration of the zone as provocation because it’s a disputed area.
China said it has launched its only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, into the South China Sea.