Japan and China are apparently determined to start a shooting war when Japan’s Air Self-Defense Forces used their fire-control radars to lock onto Chinese fighter jets yesterday over the East China Sea. Emphasis should be on “East China Sea.” So, what’s the deal here? This area of the ocean is called “East China Sea”, yet the Chinese are somehow not permitted to fly over this area? If these flights by the Chinese are routine flights, why did Japan provoke the Chinese even though the Japanese are denying the allegations their jets locked onto the Chinese jets? Are China and Japan provoking each other to probe each others defense and military systems? Last year, Japan launched more Air Self-Defense flights on alert than at any time in recent history all related to China. The other aspect of this that cannot be dismissed, is that maybe Japan didn’t radar lock onto the Chinese jets, but rather, this is a planted story to only make it appear Japan Air Self-Defense fighters locked onto the Chinese jets. The reason? To further the potential of a war erupting. After all, Japan is trying to slowly break from the US and align itself closer with Russia.
Japan Denies Locking Missiles Onto Chinese Fighter Jets Over East China Sea
July 5, 2016
Tokyo has refuted Beijing’s accusations that Japan Air Self-Defense Force jets used fire-control radars to lock onto Chinese fighter jets during a patrol flight over the East China Sea, local media reported Tuesday.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, the Chinese Defense Ministry said that on June 17 the country’s two Su-30 fighter jets had been approached by two Japanese F-15 warplanes during routine patrol over the East China Sea air defense identification zone (ADIZ). According to the ministry, the Japanese jets used fire-control radars to lock on the Chinese planes. The incident was over after the Chinese Su-30s had taken measures prompting the Japanese fighter jets to fly away.
Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said Tuesday, as quoted by The Japan Times, that the country’s fighter jets had “never taken any of the provocative actions as claimed” by China’s Defense Ministry.
Locking a fire-control radar onto a jet means that the aircraft is ready to fire a weapon and the pilot in the targeted aircraft has a special system signaling that the aircraft is in danger.
Relations between Japan and China have been strained amid a dispute over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. The Japanese, who have claimed the islands since the 19th century, call them the Senkaku Islands, the name mostly recognized globally, while in China they are known as the Diaoyu Islands.
In 2014, Japan and China agreed to reduce tensions over the disputed islands. However, Chinese vessels repeatedly sailed into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in 2015.