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Japan Lodges ‘Strong’ Protest on China Fighter Jet Incident

Japan lodged a “strong” protest with China after a pair of its fighter jets flew within tens of meters of Japanese surveillance planes in the East China Sea, the second incident in less than a month.

Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki today summoned Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua to lodge the protest in Tokyo, the Foreign Ministry said on its website. Two Su-27 fighters came as near as 30 meters to one Japanese plane and 45 meters to another over international waters between 11 a.m. and midday yesterday, the Defense Ministry said on its website.