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Japanese F-15J fighter
Su-30 fighter in Russian colours

China scrambled jets on Friday in response to two U.S. spy planes and 10 Japanese aircraft, including F-15 fighters, entering its new ADIZ over the East China Sea according to news agency Xinhua.  Earlier the same news agency said the PRC sent an early warning aircraft into the ADIZ.  The PRC patrols were conducted as "a defensive measure and in line with international practices" - whatever that means.  The jets included Su-30 fighters a Russian design and PRC air force is "on high alert and will take measures to deal with diverse air threats to firmly protect the security of the country's airspace"

Of course the only persons bothering the PRC is the PRC itself which is creating this imaginary problem as an excuse to expand its national territory into the East China Sea.  While the PRC says there has been no impact on international civilian flights this is not entirely true because all it takes is some hotshot PRC fighter pilot seeking to be a national hero to attack the wrong aircraft or in daredevil flying cause a midair collision.

From the remarks of Chinese diplomats and others it is clear that this is a created situation which the PRC hopes will lead to an incident that it can then use to further its own political objectives.  It does not seem to concern the PRC that human lives may be lost as a result of this policy.

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