原文标题：Japan sends fighter jets after Chinese plane flies over disputed isles in East China Sea
TOKYO: Japan protested to China on Thursday after a Chinese government plane entered what Japan considers its airspace over disputed islets in the East China Sea, the Japanese foreign ministry said.
The incident prompted Japan's military to scramble eight F-15 fighter jets, the defence ministry said. Japanese officials later said the Chinese aircraft had left the area.
Sino-Japanese relations took a tumble in September after Japan bought the tiny islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from a private Japanese owner.
"Despite our repeated warnings, Chinese government ships have entered out territorial waters for three days in an row," Japanese chief Cabinet secretary Osama Fujimura told reporters.
"It is extremely regrettable that, on top of that, an intrusion into our airspace has been committed in this way," he said, adding that Japan had formally protested through diplomatic channels.
A defence ministry spokesman said as far as he knew it was the first time this year that a Chinese plane had intruded into airspace near the islands.
The incident comes just days before a Japanese election that is expected to return to power the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) with hawkish former prime minister Shinzo Abe at the helm.
Abe has vowed to take a stern stance in the dispute over the islands, which are near potentially huge maritime gas reserves, and has said that the ruling Democratic Party's mishandling of its diplomacy had emboldened China.
Abe has also promised to boost spending on defence including on the coastguard.
Smaller Asian countries such as the Philippines have also become increasingly worried about Beijing's growing military assertiveness and its claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea.
Appa Durai (Coimbatore)
China can not afford to make fun with Japan as they do with India
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kapil garg (delhi)
Japan has nuclear weapons??
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Dipta Das (World) replies to kapil garg
They are under NUCLEAR UMBRELLA of USA.
It is high time for all the stake holders of East China sea to come togeather and fight the belligerennt China,time and again China threatening small nations like,Vietnam,Philipines,Japan,Combodia etc,Us should intervene dcisively in this matter,and teach a lesson to China.
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Saish Naik (Madgaon, Goa, India)
the bully needs a tight whack on its ass........shameless dragon.......
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Interestingly that both China and North Korea are escalating their arrogance and belligerence with weaponry.
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Mamidi Suresh (Tirupati)
Will there be any war???????/
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seems China wants to rule whole world ..
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Japan,South Korea,Taiwan,Ti pay,Cambodia should form Security Union Like NATO to tackle this Issue ! Other wise China will be doing bulling on them !
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Akshay (akshay) replies to Tohima
No need to form security union. It can be done just destroying Chinese economy. Which fuels its defense sector. Just form a union and boycott business with China. Then see the result. Okay.
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Akshay (Thane) replies to Tohima
Mr. Tohima, after surrendering near America after WWII and not developing nuclear weapons is a blunder for your country. If you would have nuclear weapons, no America or China could have threatened your country now. So be realistic not ideologist in world politics. That is might is right.
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Bear (Australia) replies to Tohima
Japan can take care of itself. Let China start a war and see how Japan will crush it. Remember, Japan has full backing of US with its lethal nuclear weapons, China will never use nuclear weapons against Japan. Actually, China is on its own, apart from North Korea and Pakistan (two lepar states), no one side China. China is a friendless country.
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Dinesh Prabhakar (delhi)
China wants to dominate this region and does not hesitate in taking help of a poor state like N Korea!
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looks like election politics in japan too!
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China is trying to infiltrate everywhere possible.
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Madhu Dawda (indian)
all nation come togethre and bycot china, economical bycot
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Let China be busy in South china Sea for few years because UPA government is spineless to counter the dragon ?
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Soma Visal (Chennai)
That is Japan, not India to lodge a protest and forget it later.
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Aditya verma (paradeep)
Get ready for third world war....
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why not japan and us launching a ful scale war on china??? it's very much reqd to maintain the balance of power in the south-asian region.... if US-japan loses, then it'll china and only china for next 50-100 yrs... and if china loses, then they'll get a good lesson and wil try to improve their relations with its neighbours....
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shawney (Nowhere) replies to paul
US cnt wage a war against china as it is in debt of China and japan is not that military strong to fight against China in a war
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Sumon Kar (London)
The Indian Airforce will never be allowed to to that if the Chinese intruded in Indian airspace. On the contrary the Indian govt will hush it up. Locals in the north eastern states regularly complain of Chinese forces intruding into Indian territory but the govt keeps on rubbishing it. But again its good to know whos boss.
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Ashok Krishnatry (USA)
If China is not checked at this stage, a big big uncertainty is on the cards for Japan and Philippines.
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Sachin Khera (Gurgaon)
Is upa government taking any advantage of this situation? I am sure these tension between two biggest economy of asia could be really good for INDIA if government takes steps wisely.
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Only way to stop china is economic boycott. Expel china from WTO and put heavy import duty on all chinese imports. Its export driven economy which propels its military ambitions will be strangled ,social unrest will start and it will be on its knees.
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Nirjhar Pal (Kolkata) replies to ik
Mobile phones, computers, laptops, digicams, lights, cables, any electronic item u see in around you ... all prices will shoot up... Do u want that..???
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Ananth (Bangalore )
If it was us, we wouldn't have chased it out, wouldn't have protested, would tried our best keep the matter out of reach of media.
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Saurabh Das (New Delhi)
China's arrogance is extremely irritating ....
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China is no more a weak country, it will squash Japan like a fly
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now its China Time.....I m sure that China is definitely going to attack either India or japan in the near future!
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I should have happy if japanese shot down few of tge chibese jets. China is going beyond their brife. This should be stopped let it escalate in war then distruction is for sure.
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Japanese country is smaller then India.. but their courage is far bigger than us.. I bet we dare to do this aginst Pak and china..... our politicians are always busy to eat as much as they can.. yeh log dimak hai aapne desh ke..
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Chinese are @ssh0les ... every one around the world shud nuke them completely ..!!!!!
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Wish Master (Indiano)
must shoot those planes down
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Chinese worked hard to reach where they are today. China should be very careful while dealing international affair coz western countries especilly US looking all the opportunity to have war and put them 100yrs back. Regards.
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Bagicha Singh EU (EU)
Now China had taste of High-Tech.................
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swatant (Mumbai )
Test fire Agni 6 into the Bay of Bengal!!
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