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Friday, November 29, 2013

Japan Tests China’s Resolve With Flights in Air Zone

Japan Air Self Defense Force F-15Japan and South Korea flew military aircraft through a new air-defense zone claimed by China, testing the country’s resolve to control a swath of the East China Sea at the heart of a territorial dispute between the nations.

Japan Air Self-Defense Force planes flew through the area without incident as part of patrols that routinely occurred before China established the zone on Nov. 23, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

“Since China set up its Air Defense Identification Zone, we have been carrying out surveillance activities as usual, including within that zone,” Suga told journalists in Tokyo today.

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