Japan says jets scrambling at record pace to counter Chinese, Russian intrusions




 
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January 20th, 2015  
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Topic: Japan says jets scrambling at record pace to counter Chinese, Russian intrusions


Japanese air force jets are scrambling at a record pace to counter Chinese fighters intruding into its air space along its southern flank and Russian bombers and spy planes probing its northern defenses, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday. Chinese fighter flights have increased in and around the energy-rich East China Sea, where Japan and China both lay claim to a group of islets. "With only three quarters of data available, we can't yet say whether it will be a record year," a spokesman for Japan's Air Self-Defence Force told reporters. Japan's Hokkaido island to the north of the country's main land mass lies close to four smaller islands which are claimed both by Japan and Russia.

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