Japan says jets scrambling at record pace to counter Chinese, Russian intrusions

January 20, 2015 7:51 AM

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese air force jets are scrambling at a record pace to counter Chinese fighters intruding into its air space along its southern flank and Russian bombers and spy planes probing its northern defenses, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

Chinese fighter flights have increased in and around the energy-rich East China Sea, where Japan and China both lay claim to a group of islets.

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