China Blames Japan for Warplane Encounter
    2014-06-13 09:47:14         Web Editor: Luo Dan


China has blamed Japan for a close encounter between Chinese and Japanese military planes over East China Sea.

The encounter is one of the several recent intrusions Japan made into China's maritime territory.

CRI's Luo Wen has more.

According to China's Defense Ministry, two Japanese jet fighters have followed Chinese military plane on Wednesday morning.

They are said to have approached the Chinese plane as close as about 30 meters.

The action seriously threatens the safety of Chinese aircraft.

However, Japan has not only denied their jet planes got near Chinese ones but also blamed China for the near encounter.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying strongly protests Japan's accusation at a daily press briefing.

"The Japanese side not only disregards the fact and puts the blame on the victim, but started rumors and slandered China, and hyped up the so-called 'China threat' to the public. China firmly opposes to it and protests strongly against it."

"I want to point out that this is not the first time for Japan to act like a cop when being as the robber and put the blame on the victim. It has been a long time since the Japanese side tails after, monitors and disturbs Chinese airplanes in a short distance, which severely threatens the security of Chinese airplanes and triggers the security issue of Sino-Japanese air and sea."

Also on Wednesday morning, two Japanese surveillance planes intruded into the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone.

Chinese pilots then took off to identify them, keeping a safe distance.

Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng says the performance of Chinese pilots have been professional, standard and restrained.

He continues to blame Japanese aircrafts for being "dangerous and obviously provocative".

He also adds that this is not the first time that Japan blamed its victims, regarding Japan's accusations.

Chinese ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua has met with Japanese Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki regarding the disputes later on Wednesday.

Cheng turned down Japan's request for negotiating on the issue and reiterated China's stand.

Cheng also blamed Japan for raising tensions in the East China Sea and protests against Japan's blames on China.

As for Japan's multiple intrusions into China's maritime territory, Hua Chunying warns about Japan's true intentions.

"Thinking about the series of actions taken by Japan, military expansion and war preparation, playing up regional threats and creating tension and confrontation, it is necessary for us to keep sober and highly vigilant regarding Japan's intentions. We want to ask Japan to honestly explain its intentions and the Chinese side reserves its right to take further action."

According to a Defense Ministry statement last month, two Japanese airplanes also intruded into the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone on May 24, to scout and interfere with China-Russia naval drills.

For CRI, this is Luo Wen.


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