Skip to comments.Chinese airplane enters Japanese airspace over Senkakus for 1st time
Posted on 12/13/2012 8:33:51 AM PST by cartan
A Chinese government airplane entered Japanese airspace over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday in the first such airspace intrusion in Japan, prompting an immediate protest from the Japanese government.
The Air Self-Defense Force scrambled F-15 fighter jets to the area after one of China's State Oceanic Administration airplanes was spotted at 11:06 a.m. about 15 kilometers south of Uotsuri Island, one of the Japanese-administered Senkakus claimed by China, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura told reporters.
It is the first-ever intrusion by China into Japanese airspace since Tokyo started tallying the number of such intrusions in 1958, according to the Defense Ministry.
Four Chinese maritime surveillance vessels entered Japanese waters around the disputed islands in Okinawa Prefecture in the morning, marking the third straight day Chinese government ships have entered the waters, the Japan Coast Guard said.
Tokyo immediately filed a protest with Beijing after the airspace intrusion, Fujimura said, adding that it is "extremely deplorable" that the incident occurred on top of the intrusion by the Chinese ships, which lasted about six hours.
"We are determined to deal firmly with action that violates our country's sovereignty in accordance with domestic laws and regulations," the top government spokesman added.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda instructed relevant government offices to take further caution in warning and surveillance activities, he said.
In a stump speech in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Noda said, "I pledge to protect the nation and its people by practicing a thorough crisis management to protect our territorial land, sea, sovereignty and national interests."
The State Oceanic Administration of China, for its part, said its aircraft conducted a patrol mission with the four ships after reaching Chinese airspace over the disputed islands, which China calls Diaoyu.
Earlier in the morning, a coast guard patrol vessel that spotted the Chinese airplane radioed the aircraft, saying that it must leave Japanese airspace, but the plane replied that it was in Chinese airspace, according to the coast guard.
To respond to the airspace violation, the ASDF scrambled six F-15s from a base on the main Okinawa island and routed two more that had already been airborne. But the Chinese aircraft had already left the airspace when the fighter jets got there.
Radar operated by the Self-Defense Forces did not pick up the aircraft, according to the SDF.
Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai summoned acting Chinese Ambassador to Japan Han Zhiqiang to the Foreign Ministry in the early afternoon to lodge a protest, calling for the prevention of any similar case in the future and for Chinese ships still inside the waters to swiftly leave the area.
Han asserted that the islands belong to China and declined to accept the protest, yet indicated he would convey the protest to his home government. The diplomat noted that China hopes to resolve the dispute in a peaceful manner through communication between the two countries, according to the ministry.
The Chinese aircraft in question is used in oceanic surveys and missions to monitor fishing activities, according to the Defense Ministry.
The airspace over the Senkaku Islands had been violated twice before -- by a Soviet bomber in 1979 and a Taiwanese civilian aircraft in 1994.
Guess they couldn’t find a more ridiculous looking airplane. I wonder how far the Chinese are willing to go…
The Red Chinese had better be careful, the JASDF Aviators are pretty good and can hold thier own(years and years of US Training and equipment).
if your radar can’t pick up a dual prop plane, it may be time to check your radar. Also what do they mean ‘for the first time’ certainly not the first time ever, not even the first time this year. Do they mean the first time since the argument over the islands began?
Also what do they mean ‘for the first time’ certainly not the first time ever, not even the first time this year. Do they mean the first time since the argument over the islands began?Hm, in the article, it says
The airspace over the Senkaku Islands had been violated twice before—by a Soviet bomber in 1979 and a Taiwanese civilian aircraft in 1994.If that is true, this has been the first time that the Red Chinese have done it.
woah.. i can’t imagine with where it lays that could be true. Thanks for paying attention better than i obviously did.
If the prop plane dropped to under 50 ft altitude, the radar would not spot it unless it was within 20 miles or so.
This was a probe and the escape was certainly pre-planned.
Remember a German kid made it all the way to land in Red Square in a Cessna, against a Soviet air defense system that was the largest in the world.
Actually, unless the JASDF has an AWACS in the air, the Chicoms could come in at 5000'
The Senkaku are uninhabited, and umilitarized, so the closest radar is in the Yaeyama islands to the south.
The JASDF hace a fairly substantial radar on Miyako
and I would presume a similar station on the two larger Yaeyama islands.
However the closest island is Yonaguni (the little speck to the west).
About a year ago the JGSDF requested funds in the FY2012 budget for a base and mobile radar on Yonaguni, but until, and if, they get that, the only radar would be air traffic radar at Yonaguni Aitport.
wow. thanks for taking the time to educate!