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Ministry: Recon activity damages Sino-Japanese relations

(PLA Daily)

16:58, October 27, 2011

Edited and Translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online

China's Defense Ministry officials said on Oct. 26 that recent frequent reconnaissance missions by Japan planes have undermined China's security interests and damage the Sino-Japanese relations.

Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun made clear remarks in response to a question concerning alleged Chinese incursions into Japanese airspace.

A reporter at the new conference asked: "It was reported that according to statistics, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force scrambled its planes 83 times to intercept Chinese planes that allegedly violated Japan's airspace. Japan's interceptions of Chinese planes have increased by 2.5 times compared with last year. But it was also said that Chinese planes have not violated Japan's airspace. What is China's comment about this topic?"

According to Xinhua reports, Yang responded: "We have already noticed related reports. Japan's accusations against China are groundless." He added that Chinese military aircraft operate in accordance with international law and international practice.

In recent years, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force has stepped up China-targeted patrols over the East China Sea, he said.

According to statistics, sorties of Japanese planes conducting reconnaissance activities off the shores of China have increased by 44 percent year-on-year from January to September, he said.

The high-frequency close surveillance by Japanese planes and ships has affected China's security interests, severely disturbed China's relevant military training activities and endangered the safety of Chinese aircraft and vessels, Yang said, adding it is the origin of threats to the air, sea and land security of both countries.

He hoped that the Japanese side will take effective measures to avoid and prevent accidents both at sea and in the air.


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Chinhomiah at 2011-10-30175.156.74.*
Why should Japan feel so insecure. The last time when the Chinese could be said to have attempted to invade Japan was during the time of Kublai Khan, many centuries ago. On the other hand, less than 80 years ago, Japan invaded China and committed horrendous deeds which to this day are not properly acknowledged, much less compensations paid to the victims. One wonders whether Japan's so-called insecurity is a function of it's own inability to adjust to a fast changing realities in this part of the world.
Pan Asian at 2011-10-28220.255.1.*
the article is good,i learn a lot from it and i like your let me know many news of China and other countries
arkhangelsk at 2011-10-28210.177.156.*
The Ministry is confusing two issues. When Japan's planes come, it is endangering China's security w/o mentioning whether international law was violated or not. When it is China's planes, the emphasis is on the law rather than whether it endangers Japan's security. Hmm...
wende at 2011-10-2871.125.85.*
China should not back down and the pilots should be ready to engage the Japanese invaders. Do not show weakness in international arenas. Showing friendliness during crisis will only invite more bullying. Be firm and fight back. This is the only thing they know.

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