China says fighters scrambled after SDF planes entered its ADIZ
Kyodo -- May 26
The Chinese Defense Ministry said Sunday that the country's military scrambled fighter jets the previous day in response to Japanese Self-Defense Forces aircraft entering an air defense identification zone that China unilaterally established over the East China Sea last year.

According to the ministry announcement, an OP-3C surveillance plane of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and a YS-11EB of the Air Self-Defense Force entered China's ADIZ and "monitored and interfered with a joint military drill by the navies of China and Russia." In response, the Chinese fighters were scrambled and necessary identification and security measures were taken, it said.

It added that China protested the monitoring by the Japanese side, and requested it to cease "all activities of monitoring and obstructing" the exercise.

24日、東シナ海の公海上で、中国軍の戦闘機2機が自衛隊機2機にそれぞれ異常接近し­たことについて、小野寺防衛大臣は「常軌を逸した行動だ」と強く非難しました。
News sources: Kyodo, ANNnewsCH
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