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China should be prepared for military conflicts, expert says

(People's Daily Online)    17:24, July 07, 2016

Facing the reality of Japan's warplane scramble over the East China Sea, China should be prepared for military conflicts, Chinese military expert Liang Fang said in a recent interview.

According to a statement on the official website of China's Ministry of National Defense, two Chinese Su-30 fighter jets were executing a routine patrol over the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on June 17 when they were approached at high speed by two Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-15 fighter jets.

In an interview with People's Daily Online, Liang said that this was a very dangerous action that could have come at the cost one or more lives in the case of a fatal plane crash.

The Defense Ministry has accused Japan of aggressive behavior in the East China Sea, claiming that Japanese “provocations” nearly resulted in a dogfight between aircraft of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force and the JASDF. The statement also said that the Japanese planes used a fire-control radar to "light up" the Chinese aircraft.

The ministry has accused Japan of endangering the safety of personnel on both sides, and of destroying the peace and stability in the region.

Liang said that JASDF has paid excessive attention to China. Japan's tracking of China's military aircraft affects normal patrols and threatens the safety China's pilots. Liang also said that China should speak up in the case of emergencies and devise different plans to deal with different situations. 

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Yuan Can,Bianji)

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