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Rússia e China quase invadiram Japão 425 vezes

A China e a Rússia são responsáveis ​​por um número recorde de operações de emergência da Força Aérea de Auto-Defesa do Japão Auto-Defesa em 2011, revelam os dados do Ministério da Defesa japonês. Caças nipónicos foram accionados 403 vezes, num total de 425 incidentes, em resposta à aproximação de  aeronaves russas (247) e chinesas (156) ao espaço aéreo japonês, números recorde para os dois estados desde que Ministério da Defesa começou a divulgar os dados por país, em 2001.

Japan Was Nearly Invaded 425 Times Last Year

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But it was Russia that tipped records to a peak that hasn’t been reached in 20 years. Closely-approaching Russian military jets prompted Japanese fighter planes to gear up to protect the Asian country’s borders 247 times.

A ministry official told Japanese media that foreign aircraft, namely China’s, are executing a wider range of missions far too close to Japan. It’s considered “evidence in part of China’s increasing military activity” and cause for concern.

“Flight patterns have diversified with intelligence-gathering aircraft standing out,” noted the official.

Chinese jets flew around the Nansei Islands around the East China Sea, and over Okinawa where a huge U.S. military installation is based. But China’s transgressions don’t seem to faze Japan all that much. The Japanese government has just closed a deal with the U.S. to remove 9000 U.S. Marines from Okinawa. At the moment, there are 47,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan, according to Reuters.

It’s not clear which other countries also sent Japan’s self-defense forces into a scramble last year to bring the reported total to 425 times.

But the release of the data does coincide with the Chinese military’s “solemn vow on territory” around the Asia Pacific region. China Daily reports armed forces officially vowed to “‘fulfill their duty’ to safeguard China’s territory in the South China Sea” yesterday — other countries in the area will see that as China’s attempt to take over the region.

China’s growing military presence in the South China Sea, and its threat to encroach on neighboring countries’ borders, has promoted the U.S. to pivot its attention to Asia Pacific. The Pentagon is sending the most troops to the region since World War II.

U.S. Marines have been doing joint-drills with Philippine forces this week and conducted an exercise to practice re-taking an island in the region. China was furious, but it’s also been war-gaming and just wrapped up a large-scale joint-drill with Russia in the Yellow Sea.

It may be worth noting the Yellow Sea is west of Japan’s coastal borders. It was the location of one of the most decisive naval engagements in the Russo-Japanese war in 1904.

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