Japan, US fly fighters after China drill, N. Korean missiles
The joint flight was meant to confirm the combined capabilities of the two militaries and further strengthen the Japan-U. The flight occurred hours after North Korea fired three missiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, amid concerns about another nuclear test by the North. Chinese and Russian strategic bombers conducted joint flights near Japan on Tuesday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said.
Chinese H-6 bombers joined Russian TU-95s over the Sea of Japan and flew to areas over the East China Sea, but did not violate Japanese airspace, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said. The Chinese-Russian joint flight represented an “increased level of provocation” and a threat to the Quad, Kishi said. China said the flights were over the the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the western Pacific.
“This operation is not aimed at a third party and has nothing to do with the current international and regional situation,” he said in a video statement posted Wednesday on the Defense Ministry website.
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