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China Military Sends Air Patrols Through New Defense Zone: Xinhua

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November 28, 2013 AT 10:43 AM
China's military sent several fighter jets and an early warning aircraft on patrol in disputed air space over the East China Sea on Thursday, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported, quoting a spokesman for the People's Liberation Army Air Force. The aircraft were part of what Xinhua called "normal air patrols" in the new air defense zone Beijing has declared. The move raises the stakes in a standoff with the United States, Japan and South Korea over the zone. The Chinese patrol mission was "a defensive measure and in line with international common practices," said Shen Jinke, a spokesman for China's air force, in the Xinhua article.