Japan scrambles jets after China flies drone
Japan Today -- May 19
Japan said Friday it scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese vessel sailing in disputed waters launched a drone, the latest bout of tension in a longstanding territorial row.

The two countries are at odds over a group of small uninhabited islands in the East China Sea administered as the Senkakus by Japan but claimed as the Diaoyus by China.

Yoshihide Suga, Japan's top government spokesman, told a regular briefing that the incident took place Thursday and that Japan lodged a "strong protest", accusing China of "unilaterally escalating" tensions.

Japan dispatched four planes, including two F-15 fighters and an airborne warning and control system (AWACS) plane to waters surrounding the islets, Japan's defence ministry said.

Coast guard ships from the two nations routinely patrol the area, known for rich fishing grounds and possible energy reserves, to back up their claims.

尖閣諸島周辺の領海に侵入した中国の船がドローンを飛ばしているのを海上保安庁が初めて確認しました。 18日午前11時前、尖閣諸島沖の日本の領海内に侵入した中国公船を海上保安庁の巡視船が監視していたところ、約5分間、船首付近を飛行する小型無人機「ドローン」を確認しました。
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