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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday.

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. radiation-sniffing plane, U.S. says

WASHINGTON Two Chinese SU-30 aircraft carried out what the U.S. military described as an "unprofessional" intercept of a U.S. aircraft designed to detect radiation while it was flying in international air space over the East China Sea.

World, Aerospace & Defense, May 19 2017

Japan scrambles jets over China drone flight near disputed islets

TOKYO Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday after four Chinese coastguard vessels entered what Japan considers its territorial waters near disputed East China Sea islets and a drone-like object flew near one ship, Japan said.

World, China, Japan, May 19 2017

U.S. Pacific commander visits Japanese East China Sea listening post

WASHINGTON The head of the U.S. Pacific Command made his first visit on Wednesday to a Japanese radar station on the edge of the disputed East China Sea that Japan opened last year to the anger of its regional rival China.

World, China, Japan, May 17 2017

Japan scrambles jet fighters at record pace as Chinese military activity rises

TOKYO Japan's air force scrambled fighter jets to chase away foreign aircraft at record pace in the year to March 31, government figures showed on Thursday, as Chinese military activity in and around the East China Sea escalated.

World, Japan, Apr 13 2017

China says U.S. should respect China's air defense zone

BEIJING China said on Thursday the United States should respect its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), after Chinese officials warned a U.S. bomber it was illegally flying inside China's self-declared zone in the East China Sea.

World, China, Mar 23 2017

Exclusive: Japan to speed up frigate build to reinforce East China Sea - sources

TOKYO Japan plans to accelerate a warship building program to make two frigates a year to patrol the fringes of the East China Sea, where it disputes island ownership with China, three people with knowledge of the plan said.

World, China, Japan, Feb 17 2017

Trump opposes undermining Japan's control of disputed islands: U.S. official

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump would oppose any unilateral declarations that would undermine Japan's administration of disputed islands in the East China Sea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday ahead of Trump's meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan launches first military communications satellite

TOKYO Japan on Tuesday launched its first military communications satellite to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces as they reinforce an island chain stretching along the southern edge of the East China Sea.

World, Japan, Jan 24 2017

Tillerson says China should be barred from South China Sea islands

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state has set a course for a potentially serious confrontation with Beijing, saying China should be denied access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea. | Video

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A Taiwanese fishing boat sails near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012.  REUTERS/Central News Agency/Handout

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New recruits of the Chinese Navy fleet stand with their guns during the parade marking the end of their first training session in Qingdao, Shandong province, March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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