BEIJING, Defense Ministry urges Japan to stop provocations in East China Sea
China’s Defense Ministry on Monday refuted Japan’s accusation and urged the Japanese side to cease all provocations over the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
It is reported by Japanese media that the relevant Japanese government officials said that recently Chinese military aircraft flew towards the Diaoyu Islands for several times.
According to the reports, Chinese military aircraft flew towards the Diaoyu Islands on June 17 and the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JSDF) scrambled F-15 fighter jets. The Japanese fighter jets approached and warned the Chinese military aircraft, while the Chinese military aircraft did not leave. During the flight, the Japanese fighter jets came face to face with the Chinese military aircraft for many times. To avoid risks, the Japanese fighter jets released infrared jamming shells and then flew out of that airspace.
Japan said on Monday it would respond firmly after Chinese government vessels had intruded into what Tokyo considers its territorial waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea 14 times at the weekend, stoking bilateral tensions.