Beijing, Oct 28: Chi’s Defence Ministry has accused Japanese military aircraft of increasingly engaging in “dangerous” intercepts of Chinese military aircraft, and putting the safety of Chinese fliers at risk.
Chi and Japan have been locked in a territorial dispute over a group of uninhabited East Chi Sea islands, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in Chi. Both countries have been shadowing each other on and off near the islets. Japan reported earlier this month that it has scrambled its warplanes 407 times between April 1 and September 30 in reaction to increased Chinese military flights near Japanese airspace.
“Such high-frequency reconissance against Chi not only disturbs the routine training of the Chinese military but also undermines the security interests of Chi,” CNN quoted Wu Qian, spokesperson for Chi’s Ministry of tiol Defense as saying at a briefing. “The aircraft of Japanese Air Self Defense Force switched on the fire control radars or even dropped an infrared countermeasure bomb during encounters with Chinese aircraft,” Wu said, calling those actions “unprofessiol and dangerous.”
Chinese military flights near Japan were completely within intertiol law and standard aviation practices. Japan’s disproportiote response risked accidents and relations, he added. (IANS)