China on Alert After Japan Scrambles Jets over E. China Sea

China says it is on alert after Japan dispatched fighter jets over the East China Sea.

Japanese media report Japan sent F15 fighter aircraft after detecting a Chinese marine surveillance plane in disputed airspace near contested islands in the East China Sea.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Tuesday Beijing will pay close attention to Japan’s decision to dispatch fighter jets.  She said China’s surveillance plane was conducting routine patrols at the time.

“As far as I know, China’s marine surveillance plane you mentioned has been conducting routine patrols in airspace over the East China Sea,” Hua said.  “The Chinese side is highly concerned with and alert to Japan sending the air self-defense force jets.”

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