Chinese bombers on Sept. 8 flew through international airspace near Japan’s southwestern Nansei Islands, including the disputed Senkaku Islands, out over the Pacific from the East China Sea, the Defense Ministry said.
According to the ministry, the Air Self-Defense Force scrambled fighter aircraft to monitor the two Chinese H-6 bombers that flew through airspace between Okinawa Prefecture's main island and its smaller Miyakojima island out over the Pacific. That marked the first crossing of the airspace near the Nansei Islands by a Chinese plane since July 24 and only the second time ever.
The two Chinese bombers turned around 350 kilometers south of the prefecture’s main island, and took the same route back over the East China Sea.
Chinese ships and aircraft have repeatedly passed through the airspace and seas near the Senkaku Islands in recent months, increasing the tensions between Japan and China.
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