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Japan Dispatches Fighters After China Bomber Flight Near Islands

Japan Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera described a flight by two Chinese bombers between southern Japanese islands as “unusual,” two days before the anniversary of the purchase of islands disputed with China.

Japan dispatched fighter planes when the Chinese H-6 bombers flew between the main southern island of Okinawa and Miyakojima about 280 kilometers (174 miles) further southwest on Sunday, without entering Japanese airspace, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website. China said the flight was legal and that it would continue such maneuvers.