16 February 2019

China sends air patrols through new zone, report says

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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