Chinese media claims: Japan has plans to force down Chinese jets; Chinese jets chase away Japanese jets

China’s J-10 fighter jet during landing

China’s J-10 fighter jet during landing

The following are translations from Chinese media.

First, China claims Japan is planning to force down Chinese jets

Chinese media says that, according to Sankei Shimbun’s report on January 29, the Japanese Air Self-defence Force announced on January 28 plans to deal with the frequent intrusion into Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone and coming close to the air space above the Senkakus (known as Diaoyus in China) by Chinese military aircraft.

It says Japan will begin to prepare an operation manual focusing on such urgent issues as making it more pragmatic to force down Chinese aircraft and amending the authorisation to use weapons.

The report says on December 13, 2012, a Chinese marine surveillance aircraft successfully entered the air space above the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands to claim sovereignty but was not discovered by Japanese radar. Later Japan began its plan to draft a related operation manual.

It is said that pilots of Japanese Air Self-defence Force only have the authorisation to fire warning shots or give forced landing order to incoming aircraft. However, it has only ever fired warning shots at an aircraft of the former Soviet Union in 1987, but has never carried out any measure to force down a foreign aircraft.

According to the report, the manual will provide the methods and steps to force another country’s military aircraft to land in Japan, especially the way to intercept China’s J-10 or Y-8, force it down and arrest its pilot.

The manual also provides the way to arrest the pilot on the sea if he leaves his aircraft with a parachute.

According to the report, the Japanese Defence Ministry holds that firing laser shot at intruding aircraft cannot put an end to Chinese fighter jets’ frequent intrusion into Japanese air space; therefore, it is necessary to draw up a more severe and pragmatic plan to force them down.

Japanese media commented that such a plan would deteriorate tension and might possibly trigger a war between Japanese and Chinese fighter jets.

Next, China claims it chased away Japanese jets

At 11:00am, January 29, there was combat alarm at a certain airport along the eastern coast of Zhejiang Province. Two fighter jets took off to deal with an alien aircraft found by radar. They rapidly flew near the target and made the alien aircraft turn round and depart under their close surveillance.

At 9:35am, January 31, China’s Lunar New Year Day, an unknown target was found by radar at a certain area. Four fighter jets immediately took off and flew at top speed towards the target.

They found the alien military aircraft by radar and shadowed it. The alien aircraft tried hard to free itself from the shadowing and failed. It could do nothing but turn around and depart.

The alien aircraft were obviously Japanese, and what Chinese fighter jets did was bringing the situation to the brink of war.

Source: “Japan to prepare a operation manual on forcing down China’s J-10 fighter jet and arrest Chinese pilot” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Source: People’s Daily “East China Sea Fleet sent warships and aircrafts to intercept and drive away the warships and military aircrafts of a certain factory” and Asian-Pacific Daily “PLA fighter jets drove away foreign military aircrafts on Lunar New Year Day” (summaries by Chan Kai Yee based on the reports in Chinese)

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