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Japan summons China envoy over 'dangerous' flights in East China Sea

Published on Jun 12, 2014 12:39 PM
 
This picture taken and released by Japan's Defence Ministry on June 11, 2014 and received via Jiji Press shows one of two Chinese Su-27 fighter jets which flew "dangerously" close to two Japanese military planes over the East China Sea. Japan accused China of flying fighter jets "dangerously" close to two of its military planes over the East China Sea on June 11, as bilateral tensions simmer over the countries' territorial dispute. On June 12, Japan summoned the Chinese ambassador to complain about the fighter jets activities. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO /Defence Ministry via Jiji Press

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Thursday summoned the Chinese ambassador to complain about fighter jets flying "dangerously" close to two of its military planes over the East China Sea, officials said.

In the latest up-close confrontation between the two sides, Tokyo said two Chinese SU-27 jets flew just 30 metres away from its aircraft in a spot where the two countries' air defence zones overlap.

"It was an action that was extremely regrettable, and which cannot be tolerated," said top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga of the Wednesday incident.

It was the second time in less than three weeks that Tokyo has accused Beijing of playing chicken in the skies near the hotly-contested Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus.

 
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