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    Japan scrambles fighter jets to respond Chinese planes

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    Originally published on October 28, 2013
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    Four Chinese military aircraft have flown over Japan's Okinawa Islands and Miyako Island for the past three days in a row. In response, Japan also scrambled fighter jets on Sunday (October 27) for a third consecutive day.

    It was reported that two Chinese early warning planes and two bombers were spotted over the area between Okinawa's mainland and Miyako Island on Sunday. The aircraft flew over the Pacific Ocean several hundred kilometres south of Okinawa before returning to the East China Sea.

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had reportedly approved the use of air force planes to shoot down unmanned Chinese aircraft in Japanese airspace.

    According to Reuters, "Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also told his troops on Sunday that Japan would not tolerate the use of force to change the region's status quo, an expression used by Japanese politicians and security experts to refer to what they see as China's aggressive maritime expansion.

    "Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying, asked about Abe's comments, said Japanese leaders had been repeatedly making "provocative" remarks.

    "This once again shows that Japanese politicians are deceiving themselves with their arrogance and guilty conscience," she told a daily news briefing.

    "Ties between Asia's two largest economies deteriorated sharply after Japan bought three of the disputed East China Sea islets from a private owner in September 2012, sparking protests and boycotts of Japanese goods across China."

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