December 16, 2012

China's Provocations Could Lead to Armed Conflict

Asahi Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun

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On Dec. 13, an airplane belonging to China's State Oceanic Administration intruded into Japanese airspace over the disputed Senkaku Islands. This is a highly provocative act that could lead to an armed conflict between the two countries. Since the Japanese government purchased the Senkaku Islands from a private landowner in September, Chinese government ships have repeatedly intruded into Japanese territorial waters around the islands as a way to assert China's territorial claims there. But this is the first time that a Chinese plane has intruded into Japanese airspace.

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TAGGED: Senkaku islands, South China Sea, Japan, China

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