Japan deploys jet fighters after China reportedly approached disputed islands
Tokyo, Japan (4E) – A Japanese newspaper reported that the government is on alert after Chinese state-owned airplane had flown toward disputed islands and citing the Japan’s Ministry of Defense it also mobilized its fighter jets.
According to the Yomiuri newspaper the Chinese plane has flew over the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, and left without entering Japan’s airspace.
Earlier Japan also deployed its plane when China approached the island.
Japan dispatched eight F-15 fighter jets to the area on Dec. 13 after its Coast Guard spotted a Chinese marine surveillance plane near the isles.
China and Japan are locked in a dispute over islands in the East China Sea. Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that it will protect its claim over the island while China has filed a report with the United Nations on its claim over the islands.
The islands in dispute are an area rich in oil, natural gas and fish.