Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Use Of Drones Is Raising Tensions Between China And Japan

FILE - An unidentified plane flies near disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the air over the East China Sea, in this handout photo taken by Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

Japan, China Territorial Tensions Rising Over Unmanned Drones -- Voice of America

SEOUL — The long-running territorial dispute between China and Japan over a remote group of islands is in the spotlight this week as the two countries conduct massive military exercises. Analysts warn the drills and China’s increased use of drone aircraft in the region raise the risk of an unintended confrontation.

Japan on Friday begins a week of live-fire military drills involving 34,000 troops, navy destroyers, jet fighters and amphibious assault vehicles.

The exercises include operations to defend remote islands from attack and come as Tokyo and Beijing are testing each other in a war of words over the disputed Senkaku islands, known as Diaoyu in China.

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My Comment: When the Japanese threaten to shoot down Chinese drones ....  it is only natural that China will respond and tensions rise.

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