China’s military sent fighter jets and an early warning aircraft on patrol Thursday into air space over the East China Sea, Xinhua news agency reported, citing a spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force. The patrol mission was “a defensive measure and in line with international common practices,” Shen Jinke, a spokesman for China’s air force, was quoted as saying. Reuters noted that move raises the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea over the zone. Japan and South Korea sent their own military aircraft through the air space on Thursday.
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