China warns Japan over reported plan to shoot down drones


Yonhap News Agency
October 22, 2013

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Joint-Japan and US Missile Defense Flight Test

China warned Japan on Tuesday against “playing up” tension after Tokyo reportedly approved a plan to intercept and shoot down any foreign drones if they ignore warnings to leave Japanese airspace.

China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks in response to a report by Japan’s Kyodo news agency on Sunday, which cited a “source close to the government,” that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved the plan.

If confirmed, the move would signal Tokyo’s readiness to unilaterally respond to an increasingly acrimonious territorial dispute with Beijing over a set of islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. Last month, a Chinese military drone was reportedly spotted near Okinawa.

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