30 Jun '16, 6am

#Japan says #China's military activity in East China Sea escalating

#Japan says #China's military activity in East China Sea escalating

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Chinese military activity is escalating in the East China Sea, Japan's top military commander said on Thursday (June 30), noting that Japanese emergency scrambles to counter Chinese jets had almost doubled in the past three months. Japanese air force jet scrambled around 200 times in the three months ending on Thursday compared with 114 times in the year-earlier period, he said. Detailed figures for the period will be announced next week. "It appears that Chinese activity is escalating at sea and in the air," Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of the Japanese Self-Defence Forces, said at a regular press briefing in Tokyo. Japan is embroiled in a dispute with China in the East China Sea over ownership of a group of islands which lie about 220km north-east of Taiwan known as the Senkakus in Tokyo and the Diaoyu islands in Beijing. chinasea.jpg Related Story C...

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