Published on Nov. 29, 2013
China’s state-run news agency reported that the nation scrambled military aircraft to the newly established air defense identification zone in the East China Sea.
The Xinhua news agency reported a spokesperson for the Chinese Air Force as announcing on Friday that the jets took off in response to military aircraft of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces and the US entering the zone without prior notice.
The spokesperson said 10 Japanese aircraft, including F-15 jets, and 2 US surveillance planes entered the zone.
The spokesperson stressed that the air force and the navy are identifying and monitoring all flight routes of aircraft entering the zone.
This is the first time China has announced that fighter jets scrambled since the country declared the zone last Saturday. The zone covers the Senkaku Islands, which are controlled by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan.