31 Jan '16, 7am

#Japan doubles number of F-15s near islands claimed by #China

#Japan doubles number of F-15s near islands claimed by #China

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said on Sunday (Jan 31). Japan's Air Self-Defence Force now has about 40 F-15s on Okinawa's Naha base, according to the defence ministry. The move comes as Japan and China have routinely clashed over ownership of the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Japan administers the uninhabited islands under that name but China also claims them and calls them the Diaoyus. Related Story US warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea Chinese ships - mostly coast guard vessels - and aircraft have approached them to back up Beijing's claims and test Japan's response. "This is a very front line of national defence," said Deputy Defence Minister Kenji Wakamiya, quoted by Jiji Pre...

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