Japanese defence planes were deployed after Chinese bombers flew through a key passage into the Pacific Ocean, it has been confirmed.
Chinese jets carried out drills in the Western Pacific, flying through the Bashi Channel - which separates Taiwan and the Philippines - and the Miyako Strait near Japan's Okinawa island.
The Chinese air force described the exercises as part of annual planned drills, which it says accord with international law and practice.
Although the flights were legal, they did pass through a sensitive area - despite not infringing into Japanese airspace.
It happened at a time when China has been increasingly asserting itself in territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.
The flashpoint happened on the day of talks between China and Japan aimed at preventing accidental clashes between aircraft and vessels.
Swamp Drainer, State of Jefferson, United States, about 11 hours ago
Japan sent out three paper kites to frown upon the jets.....
Hari Seldon, Trantor, North Korea, about 16 hours ago
Terrifying, a copy of a 1950's Russian plane. Top notch stuff.
jp3492, Seattle, United States, 15 hours ago
Actually, if you look at the new H-6K it is not the same thing at all. While it may have some external similarities to the venerable Badger, it is a new build strategic bomber, that is quite capable. It is designed for a specific task; taking out Carrier groups. A single regiment of 18 aircraft is capable of stand-off launching YJ-12 cruise missiles could saturate a task force with over 100 missiles simultaneously. A saturation attack by YJ-12's fired at long range would pose a grave threat to American carrier strike groups; once the wave of sea-skimming missiles appeared over the horizon and was detected by ships' own sensors, they would only have some 45 seconds to engage before impact and if there were enough, short range defenses would be overwhelmed.
Completely Average, Somewhere, United States, 12 hours ago
Total nonsense. What's the range of the YJ-12? What's the range of an F-18 Super Hornet? What's the range of the RIM-161? What makes you think an H-6K could ever get close enough to fire it's missiles?
Completely Average, Somewhere, United States, about 13 hours ago
Oh, and since you clearly don't have any education on the subject, the primary "sensor" for detecting enemy aircraft and missiles is the E2 Hawkeye. It's a flying radar station that looks 360 degrees, including down. It's "horizon" is more than 700 miles away. It could see an H-6 while it's still more than an hour away from the carrier group. Plenty of time for any US carrier to launch 35 F18s to intercept them.
jp3492, Seattle, United States, about 8 hours ago
Dear oh dear. Where to begin? You clearly don't understand the concept of 'stand off' do you? As for my qualifications? How about a member of the association of old crows, if you even know what that is. Yes, the vaunted F18 could shoot down an H-K6, and no an F18 cannot shoot down a sea skimming missile launched from 120-240 miles away travelling at mach 3. Yes an E2C could detect the launch platform, assuming it can burn through the jamming. How long do you think it would take to generate a 35 aircraft launch? To attack what? An air to surface missile? 100 air to surface missiles? Stick to call of duty buddy.
BradP123, Myrtle Beach, United States, about 16 hours ago
China will continue to militarily posture and become more aggressive until they know the U.S. and our allies will not stand for it. Unfortunately, there's nothing anyone can do so it'll continue