Looks like China wasn’t too pleased with those ‘uppity’ Japanese and South Koreans literally flipping it the bird by flying planes through its newly established East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), so they decided to send some PLA planes to lay down the law, The Guardian reports:
China has sent warplanes into disputed airspace over the East China Sea after Japanese and South Korean military aircraft flew through the area, the Chinese state news agency reported.
China’s air force spokesman Shen Jinke says several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft were sent on normal air patrols in the zone on Thursday. He was quoted by the state news agency Xinhua.
Shen described the flights as “a defensive measure and in line with international common practices”. He said China’s air force would remain on high alert and will take measures to protect the country’s airspace.
Japanese and South Korean aircraft flew through the airspace without informing China, officials said on Thursday, challenging a new Chinese air defense zone that has increased regional tensions and sparked concerns of an unintended clash.
This comes off rejecting South Korea’s demand to repeal the air zone ruling. To add insult to injury, Japanese commercial airlines have also “encroached” upon the air space along with US bombers. We just hope the aerial shenanigans will stay aerial shenanigans, and the battle will be relegated to dueling op-eds.