Japan intercepts Chinese military aircraft flying over East China Sea

Japan intercepts Chinese military aircraft flying over East China Sea
# 03 April 2019 01:23 (UTC +04:00)

On April 1, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) deployed two Xian H-6G maritime bombers and one Shaanxi Y-9JB electronic warfare and surveillance aircraft into airspace between the Japanese islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea, prompting Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) jets to intercept the planes, ONA repors quoting sputniknews.

According to a report by the Japanese Ministry of Defense, Japanese airspace was not violated by the Chinese aircraft. However, the event marks the second JASDF interception of Chinese military aircraft over the East China Sea since March 30, when China flew four Xian H-6K long-range bombers, one Shaanxi Y-9JB electronic countermeasures aircraft, one Tupolev Tu-154MD electronic intelligence plane and at least two fighter jets over the Miyako Strait, The Diplomat reported. 

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