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Global Times: Japan Claims Highest Numerber of Interceptions of Chinese Airplanes

Global Times recently reported, based on Japanese media reports, that, in the year 2012, the Japanese Air Force intercepted Chinese aircraft the highest number of times since the Cold War. The total emergency missions was 800 in one year.  The Chinese military aircraft that were intercepted included fighter jets and Intelligence reconnaissance aircraft. The Japanese Air Force not only deployed fighter jets, but, for the first time, deployed Airborne Monitoring & Control Aircraft and Early Warning Aircraft as well. According to Japanese media reports, in 2012, the number of times Chinese military aircraft approached Japanese territory increased by 60 percent over the year 2011. Also, the Japanese media widely reported the recent signing of a friendly fisheries agreement between Japan and Taiwan.
Source: Global Times, April 13, 2013