China flies military planes over strait near Japan | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


China flies military planes over strait near Japan

China has sent fighter planes for the first time over a strait near Japan, the two governments said Monday, after Tokyo announced it may patrol alongside the US in the disputed South China Sea.

More than 40 Chinese military aircraft on Sunday traversed the Miyako Strait between Japan’s Miyako and Okinawa Islands, to carry out training in the West Pacific, according to a statement on China’s defense ministry website.

The Sukhoi Su-30 fighters, bombers and refueling aircraft did not violate Japanese airspace.

Japan’s defense ministry said it was the first time Chinese fighters had passed over the strait.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is not going to ratchet down tensions in the South China Sea area one whit; it appears that the Chinese military is playing "picador" with Japan here, and this is only going to escalate tensions in the region.

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