03 Mar '11, 8am

China's military might worries Japan

China's military might worries Japan

TOKYO: Japan voiced renewed concern Thursday over China's growing military power, a day after two Chinese naval planes made a close approach to a disputed island chain in the East China Sea. Top government spokesman Yukio Edano said Japan scrambled fighter-jets on Wednesday to chase off the Chinese planes flying some 55 kilometres (34 miles) from the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. According to Japanese media reports citing unnamed officials, it was the closest approach yet by Chinese military aircraft to the islands, which have been at the centre of a bitter row between the Asian giants. However, the Chinese aircraft -- identified by Kyodo News as Y-8 intelligence and antisubmarine patrol planes -- did not enter Japanese territory and flew off once they were confronted. "We regard the modernisation of China's military power and its growing and inte...

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