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China, Japan exchange barbs over action by warplanes in East China Sea

Published on May 25, 2014 4:40 PM
 
A handout photo released by the Defense Ministry of Japan shows a Chinese Su-27 fighter flying over the East China Sea on May 24, 2014. Japan and China on Sunday, May 25, 2014, accused each other's air forces of dangerous behaviour over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen metres of its warplanes. --PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan and China on Sunday accused each other's air forces of dangerous behaviour over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen metres of its warplanes.

Japan's defence minister accused Beijing of going "over the top" in its approach to disputed territory. China's defence ministry said Japanese planes had carried out "dangerous"actions during its joint maritime exercises with Russia.

Tensions have been running high between China and its neighbours over Beijing's assertive stance on claiming land and sea territory.

Japan's defence ministry said Chinese SU-27 fighters came as close as 50 metres to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane near disputed islets on Saturday and within 30 metres of a YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft.

 
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