Chinese air force planes, including an H-6K bomber (left) and an Su-30 fighter, fly over the Miyako Strait in Okinawa Prefecture to the Western Pacific on Sunday. CNS / VIA KYODO
Japan Times: Japan scrambles ASDF near Okinawa as Chinese air force planes pass over key entryway into Pacific
Japan scrambled Air Self-Defense Force aircraft after eight Chinese warplanes passed through a critical international entryway into the Western Pacific on Sunday — a move analysts said was a warning to Japan over pledges of increased engagement in the disputed South China Sea.
The Chinese aircraft — which apparently included two fighter jets for the first time — flew over the Miyako Strait in Okinawa Prefecture, but did not infringe on Japanese territorial airspace, the Defense Ministry said in Tokyo.
The eight warplanes were apparently part of a larger contingent of more than 40 Chinese aircraft that flew between Miyako Island and Okinawa’s main island on the way to “regular” patrols and drills in the Western Pacific, the Chinese Defense Ministry said in a statement posted to its website.
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