Japan expresses deep concern over China-Russia bomber flight

Japan raised “serious concerns” with China and Russia over a flight of strategic bombers at a Quad summit in Tokyo, the government said on Wednesday.

Six Chinese and Russian strategic bombers flew over the Sea of ​​Japan, the East China Sea and the Pacific on Tuesday in apparent protest at the meeting that day of the leaders of Japan, the United States, Australia and from India.

Calling the joint flight a “show of force” against Japan, Japanese government spokesman Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the fact that it was carried out during the summit “increases the level of provocation”.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno attends a press conference at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on May 25, 2022. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

“We cannot ignore actions that heighten tensions in East Asia when Russia has already heightened tensions in Ukraine,” Matsuno said at a regular press conference.

He also said that China had dared to carry out the exercise despite ongoing international efforts to stop Russia’s aggression, and that the government “strongly demanded that China play a responsible role in maintaining peace and of security within the international community”.

Masahisa Sato, a lawmaker who heads the foreign affairs division of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, criticized Beijing, saying, “China has turned out to be a rogue nation.”

“We must show a tough stance based on international law against such an aberrant show of force,” Sato said, calling on the government to consider sailing defense force vessels to the Taiwan Strait.

After the summit, Quad leaders expressed their opposition to changing the status quo by force in any part of the world. There is a strong feeling in much of Asia, where China’s assertiveness is growing, the consequences of Russia’s war in Ukraine will extend beyond Europe .

The long-distance joint flight, announced Tuesday evening by the Japanese Ministry of Defense, was the first such operation carried out by Beijing and Moscow since November last year and the fourth confirmed by Japan.

The photo shows the Chinese Xian H-6 bomber. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Ministry of Defense) (Kyodo)

The ministry said that of the four Chinese fighter jets, two were Xian H-6 bombers and the other two would be of the same type. There was no intrusion into Japanese airspace by any of the six bombers involved in the flight.

The Chinese and Russian Defense Ministries have announced that their warplanes are carrying out a “joint patrol” over the Sea of ​​Japan and the East China Sea.

The Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by the Tass news agency, said that the planes of the two countries “acted strictly in accordance with the provisions of international law” and that “there was no violation of the ‘airspace of foreign states’.

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