Mar 10, 2014
Japan Scrambles Jets Against Chinese Plane
One Y-8 information gathering plane and two H-6 bombers flew over the East China Sea, traveling in international airspace between southern Japanese islands and went to the Pacific Ocean before returning towards China on the same route Sunday morning.
Japan and China are locked in a bitter territorial row over islands in the East China Sea administered by Japan as the Senkaku Islands, but which China calls the Diaoyu Islands.
Chinese government ships and planes have been seen off the disputed islands numerous times since Japan nationalized them in September 2012, sometimes within the 12 nautical-mile territorial zone.