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Video shows Japanese jets flying close to Chinese plane

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 - 01:31

June 13 - Beijing releases video purporting to show two Japanese F-15 planes coming within 100 feet of one of their jets, accuses Tokyo of ''seriously affecting China's flight safety.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) China's Defense Ministry on Thursday (June 12) released two videos on its website showing two Japanese jets flying next to a Chinese jet over the East China Sea. The ministry said that on Wednesday (June 11), two Japanese F-15 planes followed a Chinese Tu-154 aircraft and came as close as 30 meters (98 feet), "seriously affecting China's flight safety". Japan protested after Chinese warplanes flew "abnormally close" to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea. China's Defence Ministry said Japan's repeated accusations "were aimed at furthering the deception of the international community, smearing the image of our military and manufacturing tensions in the region". "This type of vile approach by Japan disregards the facts, confuses right and wrong and is entirely the villain bringing suit against his victims," the ministry said in a statement on its website. Japan's Self-Defense Force sent a YS-11EB aircraft and an OP-3C surveillance plane to conduct reconnaissance in the air defense identification zone established by China, the ministry added. "The operations of the Chinese pilots were professional, standard and restrained," the ministry said. "The actions undertaken by the Japanese pilots were dangerous and obviously provocative in their nature." The comments came after Japan's Vice Foreign Minister, Akitaka Saiki, summoned China's ambassador to Japan, Cheng Yonghua, to protest Wednesday's incident. The newest flare up in a long-running territorial dispute between Asia's largest economies follows a similar incident on May 24, when Japan said Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen meters of its warplanes. Saiki told Cheng on Thursday that "extremely dangerous activities that could lead to an unexpected accident in the sea or airspace in the vicinity of Japan should not repeated", according to Japan's foreign ministry. China lays claim to Japanese-administered islets in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. China declared its air defense zone covering most of the East China Sea last year despite protests by Japan and the United States. Sino-Japanese ties have long been strained by allegations in China that Japan has not properly atoned for its wartime aggression and by the spat over the uninhabited islands.

Video shows Japanese jets flying close to Chinese plane

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 - 01:31

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