China summons Japan defense attache over jets dispute

BEIJING Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:51am EDT

BEIJING (Reuters) - China summoned Japan's defense attache on Friday to lodge a protest after the two countries traded accusations over the conduct of military jets above disputed waters, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

Tensions flared between Asia's two largest economies last week, when each country accused the other of flying military aircraft too close to its own jets.

"The Japanese side ignores reality and has flipped right and wrong, making groundless accusations," China's Defence Ministry said in a statement on its website.

Tokyo has "persistently taken it upon itself to stir up trouble, often irresponsibly inciting deception and making malicious attacks on the Chinese side," the statement added, calling on Tokyo to "immediately correct the error".

Tokyo lodged a protest on Wednesday, when Japan said Chinese fighter jets flew "abnormally close" to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea, a charge Beijing rejected.

On Thursday, China said two Japanese F-15 planes followed a Chinese Tu-154 aircraft, coming as close as 30 meters, "seriously affecting China's flight safety". It posted a video allegedly showing the incident on the defense ministry website, but Japanese officials said China's assertion was not true.

The tit-for-tat accusations and denials are part of a long-running territorial dispute between the two countries. They follow a similar incident on May 24, when Japan said Chinese aircraft came within a few dozen meters of its warplanes.

Both sides claim a string of Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Beijing declared an air defense zone covering most of the East China Sea last year, sparking protests from Japan and the United States.

(Reporting by Megha Rajagopalan; Editing by Mark Potter)

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Comments (2)
AtlasMirror wrote:
See what this liar Abe did:

1. Deny Tokyo Trial
2. Deny comfort women
3. Deny WWII war crimes – mass killing, mass raping, using chemcal weapons ….
4. Changing constitution for imperail army return and bring back evil emperor to be head of States.
5. Openly admitted himself an extreme right member in front of UN.
6. Increase military spending even under US protection.
7. Worshipped the ghostly WWII war criminals Shrine as an great insult to all WWII victims. There is no hero there.
8. Keeping the stolen islands that is not belong to Japan which JP needs to return to China after WWII defeat.
9. Changing school text and put incorrect history to school children.
10. Still not repent from WWII compare with Germany which is much much better than Japan.
11. Hiding the nuclear weapon materials which violates the constitution. Now return to US becasue under US pressure.
12. U.S. alarmed about plutonium stockpile growing from Rokkasho plant.
13. Lying to the whole world saying China digital military spending in past years. Compare in 2013 military spending, Japan is 40 % of China and China is 30% of US.
14. Showing Abe is a two faced man. One saying Japan needs to improve China relationship but on the other hand trying to contain China with other countries.
15. Family backgound: Abe is from the famous WWII war criminal family member. His grandfather Kishi ws a key cabinet member of the evil imperial Japan army.

Abe and his ally going to ultranationalist direction making anger of neighbouring countries. In fact, Abe’s objective is to bring back the lost glory of the evil imperial Japan army.

Jun 16, 2014 12:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Timting wrote:
So Japan is not so innocent, am I right?

Jun 16, 2014 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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