Japan concerned about Chinese military activity
TOKYO (AP) - Tokyo expressed unease on Thursday over Chinese military and maritime activity near disputed islands that Japan controls, as China defended a flight by one of its fighter jets near Japanese airspace.
Japan had scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday to keep watch on a Chinese early warning plane flying over international waters between Japan's southern Okinawa island and an outer island relatively close to the disputed area in the East China Sea.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concern over the sighting.
"It was an unusual action that we have never seen before. We'll keep monitoring it with great interest," Mr Abe said on Thursday before leaving for a trip that will take him to Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.