Japan scrambles jets against China military planes near disputed islands
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday to head off a number of Chinese military planes near islands at the centre of a territorial dispute, Japanese media said.
The Chinese planes were spotted on Japanese military radar north of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China, the Fuji TV network reported, quoting Japanese government officials.
They did not violate territorial airspace over the islands but flew inside Japan's so-called air defence identification zone, the report said.
The Japanese defence ministry press office did not confirm the report.