December 13th, 2012
02:24 AM ET

Japan scrambles fighter jets after Chinese plane seen near disputed islands

Japan scrambled fighter jets after a Chinese plane was seen Thursday near small islands in the East China Sea that are claimed by both countries.

This is the first time the dispute over the islands, which Japan calls Senkaku and China refers to as Diaoyu, has involved aircraft.

Chinese government ships have repeatedly entered the waters around the remote, rocky islands since the Japanese government announced in September it was buying several of the islands from private owners.

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  1. mark

    argentina did same on falkland islands, due to argentina's economic problems they want to hide from the people. this action by china could mean china is having internal problems and wants to dstract their people from that.

    December 13, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Benn

      Same thing is going on here in the US also.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  2. Anders Behring Breivik (King of the Island)

    Where is Hillary?

    December 13, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse | Reply

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