Friday, November 29, 2013

For The First Time China Scrambles Jets To It's New Air Defense Zone To Monitor U.S. And Japanese Flights

China Scrambles Jets To New Defense Zone, Eyes U.S., Japan Flights -- Reuters

(Reuters) - China scrambled jets on Friday in response to two U.S. spy planes and 10 Japanese aircraft, including F-15 fighters, entering its new air defense zone over the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua said, raising the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea.

The jets were scrambled for effective monitoring, Xinhua cited air force spokesman Shen Jinke as saying. The report gave no further details.

Japan and South Korea flew military aircraft through the zone, which includes the skies over islands at the heart of a territorial dispute between Japan and China, the two countries said on Thursday, while Washington sent two unarmed B-52 bombers into the airspace earlier this week in a sign of support for its ally Japan. None of those aircraft informed China.

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More News On China Scrambling Jets To It's New Air Defense Zone To Monitor U.S. And Japanese Flights

China Scrambles Jets for First Time in New Air Zone -- New York Times
China sends warplanes to patrol new air defense zone -- Washington Post
China scrambles jets in air zone to monitor US and Japanese planes -- BBC
China says it scrambled fighters to eye US, Japanese flights in its new defense zone -- Christian Science Monitor/AP
China Scrambles Jets in Air Zone to Monitor U.S., Japanese Planes -- Wall Street Journal
China Sends Fighter Jets to Identify US, Japanese Aircraft -- Voice of America
China scrambles jets after Japanese fighters and U.S. spy planes enter disputed air defence zone over East China Sea -- Daily Mail
China sends warplanes into East China Sea airzone -- Christian Science Monitor
China scrambles jets after U.S., Japanese planes fly through disputed zone -- CNN

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