Ja­pan crit­i­cizes China over ‘un­true’ claims

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ja­pan has lashed out at China over claims its fighter jets ob­structed Beijing’s mil­i­tary air­craft, say­ing the al­le­ga­tion was “clearly un­true”. China’s de­fense min­istry said two Ja­panese F-15s launched “de­coy flares” in in­ter­na­tional airspace over the East China Sea on Satur­day, ac­tions it called “dan­ger­ous and un­pro­fes­sional”. Tokyo de­nied any­thing was fired dur­ing the en­counter, and said it had protested to Beijing over the al­le­ga­tion. “It is ex­tremely re­gret­table that the Chi­nese de­fense min­istry one-sid­edly made a clearly un­true an­nounce­ment,” Ja­pan’s top gov­ern­ment spokesman Yoshi­hide Suga told re­porters on Sun­day. The two coun­tries in­ter­mit­tently spar over claims of air and sea mis­con­duct in and above the wa­ters of the East China Sea, where they are en­gaged in a row over the own­er­ship of un­in­hab­ited is­lands. China did not give de­tails about its ma­neu­vers, but said its air­craft had been car­ry­ing out “rou­tine far seas train­ing” when they passed through the Miyako Strait in the Ok­i­nawan chain.

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