Japan and South Korea scrambled fighter jets to track a Chinese military aircraft that flew close to their airspace on Thursday.
According to Yonhap News Agency, the PLA aircraft believed to be a Y-9 type reconnaissance aircraft entered South Korea’s air defense identification zone on three separate instants within the day without providing any notice of its intent.
An official from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, plane first flew into the zone from an area close to Jeju and Ieo islands at 10:21 am and stayed for about an hour. The following visits happened at 11:54 am and 2:14 pm.
Fighter jets were scrambled to track the Chinese plane, which was also issued a warning message, adding that the defense ministry in Seoul later summoned the military attaché from the Chinese embassy.
Aside from South Korea, Japan defense ministry said, fighter jets were stationed to monitor a Chinese Y-9 aircraft as it flew over the Sea of Japan from the Korea Strait. Tokyo did not elaborate on the incident.
According to Yue Gang, a retired PLA colonel, Such flights will become regular as China needs to clearly understand the military threats on our doorstep.
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