Japan says it scrambled jets to monitor Chinese carrier operations

Japan says it scrambled jets to monitor Chinese carrier operations
Japan says it scrambled jets to monitor Chinese carrier operations

TOKYO, Jan 2 (Reuters) – Japan said on Monday it had scrambled fighter jets and sent planes and warships over the past two weeks to monitor the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and five warships who carried out naval maneuvers and air operations in the Pacific.

Japan monitored operations after the Chinese naval group, which included guided missile destroyers, sailed between the main island of Okinawa and the island of Miyakojima in the western Pacific from the East China Sea on December 16. , the Japanese Ministry of Defense said in a press release.

Before returning by the same route on Sunday, the Chinese aircraft carrier carried out more than 300 take-offs and landings of planes and helicopters, added the ministry, which did not report any incursion into territorial waters or the Japanese sky.

While China has carried out similar operations in the past, including one in May, the latest large-scale military exercises near Japanese islands come after Japan announced it would double its defense spending over the next five years. years in an effort to dissuade China from using its military. to push territorial claims in the region, including against neighboring Taiwan.

Japan also reported that it detected flights of a Chinese WZ-7 drone near Miyakojima on Sunday and again on Monday, the first time it spotted the drone at high altitude in the area.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel

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