China Scrambles Fighter Jet, Flies Within 50 Meters Of Japanese Airplanes

Tyler Durden's picture

Yesterday we showed how Russia and China hold "massive" naval drills in the northern part of the East China Sea (close enough to Japan for us to footnote "ahem Japan and Taiwan"), which in addition to a clear signal to the US (on part of Russia), was sending just as clear a message to Japan (on the part of China). Sure enough, overnight Japan was not too happy with this massive show of force by the two biggest and closest foes near its disputed territory. As a result it dispatched an OP-3C surveillance plane and a YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft. China promptly retaliated and as Reuters reports, it scrambled a Su-27, fully-armed with missiles, which came as close as 50 meters of the Japanese fighters - the closest Chinese warplanes had come to aircraft of Japan's Self-Defense Force according to Japan - in what can only be described as "please take the first punch."

A Chinese SU-27 fighter flies over the East China Sea, in this handout photo taken May 24, 2014 and released by the Defense Ministry of Japan May 25, 2014. Photo credit: Reuters

More from Reuters:

Japan and China on Sunday accused each other's air forces of dangerous behavior over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen meters of its warplanes.

Japan was not happy:

Japan's defense minister accused Beijing of going "over the top" in its approach to disputed territory. China's defense ministry said Japanese planes had carried out "dangerous" actions during its joint maritime exercises with Russia.


Japan's defense ministry said Chinese SU-27 fighters came as close as 50 meters (170 feet) to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane near disputed islets on Saturday and within 30 meters of a YS-11EB electronic intelligence aircraft.


"Closing in while flying normally over the high seas is impossible," Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters in comments broadcast on TV Asahi. 


"This is a close encounter that is outright over the top."


Onodera said Japan conveyed its concerns to the Chinese side through diplomatic channels. He also said the Chinese planes were carrying missiles.


A ministry official said it was the closest Chinese warplanes had come to aircraft of Japan's Self-Defense Force.

China was not happy either:

China's defense ministry said jets were scrambled in the East China Sea on Saturday after Japanese aircraft entered its air defense zone during maritime exercises with Russia. 


The ministry said the Japanese aircraft had entered the zone despite "no fly" notices being issued ahead of the exercises. China declared its air defense zone last year despite protests by Japan and the United States.


"Japanese military planes intruded on the exercise's airspace without permission and carried out dangerous actions, in a serious violation of international laws and standards, which could have easily caused a misunderstanding and even led to a mid-air accident," the statement said.


China had proposed urgent talks, it said, and demanded that Japan "respect the lawful rights of China's and Russia's navies ... and stop all reconnaissance and interference activities. Otherwise Japan will bear any and all consequences from this".

Clearly China is not willing to take the next major, and lethal, step in the escalation of nationlistic tensions between the two nations. But if Japan is provoked to do it, well, so be it.

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Oh regional Indian's picture

I think it is safe to call Japan JUSA from now on.

It really explains everything, including the headliner, that can be re-framed to say something like:

American Proxy in the pacific scrambles...etc.

Or, American Proxy in the Pacific helped the dollar by slaughtering the Dollar Proxy.


Anyone who has been there with their eyes open know!


DaddyO's picture

Choose whom this day, you will serve...


Stackers's picture

No Jap fighters involved. They "scrambled" unarmed twin engine turbo prop surveillance planes.


That was just some Chinese "Maverick" keeping up foreign relations

Oh regional Indian's picture

There are no Japanese fighters. There are only JUSA (USA Pacific Proxy) fighters.

And turbo-props too, but you get the drift.

This is not a Sino Japanese conflict. This is a Proxy USA/Sino conflict.

The shots are being called from Cheyenne Mountain, you can count your bottom yen on that.

Japan+Germany are occupied nations. Troop levels are:

Country Total    Japan 50,631  


 Germany 40,328


This is beyond question, both occupied territories.

Proxy wars, labels mean little to nothing.

Believe nothing.





Sean7k's picture

Surveillance planes during naval exercises are pretty common. Approaching within 50 meters with armed attack aircraft is not. Easy to be a tough guy with unarmed surveillance craft. 

While China's navy presents no real threat, as it is a coastal force only, I imagine the Russians were the point of the surveillance. However, since China seems to want to provoke the entire area, some form of aggression has been determined by the Committee of 300. So, sit back and enjoy your attempts at painting one nation as a bad guy- take your pick. Then realize you are just another pawn of the Elites.


strannick's picture

The killer Panda itching to snap like a bamboo twig these hyper inflating diaper wearers.

813kml's picture

The Panda mated with a Bear and is ready for more action.

DaddyO's picture

The mating will produce progeny.

What those progeny will look like can only be speculation at this point.

I say they will not be friendly bears when it comes to the EU/USSA.

Joel Skousen has taken the position that this mating will lead to woar with the west.

I'm siding with him moar and moar as this mating gets fleshed out.


Sean7k's picture

Sure, because all these countries aren't run by the same people. They need soldiers for war, because they sure as hell won't fight it themselves. Stay home. Peace dividends for all.

strannick's picture


I'll take Jesus instead.

strannick's picture

"As for me and mine..."

COSMOS's picture

That SU-27 Sure is a pretty plane :)

gmrpeabody's picture

Would be taken out before it knew what hit it..., just saying.

Sean7k's picture

Killer Pandas? Is that like a youth soccer team?  The Chinese haven't killed anything but their own people and Nepalese. Repulsed by tiny Vietnem. Maybe if they have a tank and a citizen to run over?

Ooooooh! Chinese tyrants are so much cooler! Troll often?

Flagit's picture

It wouldn't be the first time there was a mid-air collision between a Chinese fighter and a surveillance aircraft.

Andre's picture

"Approaching within 50 meters with armed attack aircraft is not. "

Umm... Yes it is common, or at least it was. During the 60's when the Bears would fly along the East coast, F-4 crews on intercept would sometimes bring along Playboy magazines and fly close enough the Russian crews could see the centerfold very clearly.

This was a bog-standard ELINT mission. Get close enough to get them to light up, then record it. Standard response as well.

150 meters on an intercept is nothing serious, unless you're a diplomat.

CunnyFunt's picture

The USA is also an occupied territory. The international banking cabal got its foot in the door in 1913. It frowns upon competition, especially that which is beyond its jurisdiction.

TheReplacement's picture


"Believe nothing."

I don't believe you.

Oh regional Indian's picture

well good for you replacement....precisely....

Sambo's picture

You are right, the axis powers were defanged after WW-II and remain in a toothless state ever since.

Payne's picture

The Chinese people are over anxious to bloody Japans lip after what the Japanese did to China in the 1930s.  The Chinese are holding back, luring them in, there will be war.

Jack Burton's picture

I agree. Popular opinion in China would love to bitch slap Japan and it's arrogant populace for their crimes in China in the 1930's and 40's. 

IronForge's picture

Cut the "Jap" remark.  Thanks.


takeaction's picture

Way too many shit storms to keep track of.  This is getting really scary...and I am not being sarcastic.  You have the Mexican Cartels  threatening Texas, then you have the 22 year old Virgin Killing the blonde sluts as he put it....all the way through to which country is going to throw the first punch.  This is way worse then the cold war days.  Back then...only 1 so called enemy (Fake) .  Now it is the entire world (Real).

Jack Burton's picture

The drug wars in Mexico are producing body counts equal to a major war. But the US and Mexican governments ignore it on the whole and allow the ocean of drugs to keep flowing into the USA.  Why they and the media choose to keep this major war out of media coverage and off the political agenda, is something I can't answer. But it seems the war is spilling over into American territory. While America spends it's money, 5 billion, on Ukraine, and other billions on funding the Al-Qaeda operations in the Middle East, they seem to care little for the blood bath on our borders. In fact, they leave the door wide open so that in a generation the parts of the USA in border areas will resemble Mexico more than the USA, and the drug wars and gang wars will come with the new majority populations.


gmrpeabody's picture

Obama is in charge..., what did you expect?

BigJim's picture

Right.. cuz none of this shit was happening before that particular clown puppet got to plant his cheeks on the presidential throne.

Team purple fool.

km4's picture

Russia-China gas deal could ignite a shift in global trading | via @Telegraph

If Russia and China now decide to drop dollar energy pricing totally, America’s reserve currency status could unravel fast, seriously undermining the US Treasury market and causing a world of pain for the West. This won’t happen tomorrow or next year. It’s unlikely even by 2020. But by announcing this deal, Russia and China turned the screw half a twist more.


intotheblack's picture

Commodity currencies the new black, yo. China-Russia-Iran propose trade deals demoninated in local currencies indexed against food, fuel. How long before this reverts to what Marx-Ricardo referred to as the "money commodity" (gold) to simplify transactions within, among currencies?

Speculating. I have no idea. None of what is happening now makes sense to me. Why anyone abroad would want to accept USDs baffles me on its face.

BigJim's picture

Well, I can tell you why our OPEC satrapies keep demanding USD - cuz the US if the only thing keeping their 'leaders' in clover midst restive populations.

Winston Churchill's picture

Wishful thinking.
Game theory suggests anything but a gradual decline in the
value/use of of the USD in trade settlement.
The rest of the pieces are in full motion for an alternate,
possibly this year,certainly next year, even without some
unforeseen catalyst causing it before 2015.

813kml's picture

Indeed, it's pretty amazing how many buttons China has pressed over the last few weeks.  They are keeping the US occupied on the financial, military, and cyber espionage fronts.  I really do think the FED could keep things propped up for another year or so since they pretty much control the markets, but the external pressure will create unforeseen breaches in the dike.

China clearly means swift (and SWIFT-less) business.

Oracle 911's picture

TPTB need just a false flag action, and the WW3 which is a way for debt clearing will start.

I hope for 2 things:

-the Japanese and Chinese leaders are cool heads and are wary of false flags;

-the US$ which is main source of The PTB's power will be sinked within a month.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Are you speaking as an oracle there?

Sure hope so. :-)

free_lunch's picture

What good will sinking USD do? If it"s sinked, it will be replaced by SDR"s. The game stays the same...

"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way."

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt

LoneCapitalist's picture

If the USD sinks, so will other international currencies. Why would we use a basket of collapsed currencies?

free_lunch's picture

For the same reason you are using a currency that loses it's value while you are breaking your back to earn it..

williambanzai7's picture

A clear misunderstanding as they were up there taking radiation measurements of airborne sushi.

Oh regional Indian's picture

WillB, here is a headliner for a Godzirra Meets Ninjaman kind of thing...

Big Swinging Dicks Corride over Diyoyou, Sparks fry!

And while we are at it: JAL, for a glowing holiday....

And while we are really at it, is there CLEAR/DOCUMENTED evidence of radiation in Tokyo? Are people falling ill? What is up?

My friends in Japan are all Kool Aid (Pocari version) drinkers...and all look fine. 

RafterManFMJ's picture

Lucky Japanese.

Had the Chinese wanted that sleek Japanese technology, they would have rammed the aircraft and forced it to land.

Via Wiki

"On April 1, 2001, the Hainan Island incident occurred when a mid-air collision between a United States Navy EP-3E ARIES II signals intelligence aircraft and a People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) J-8II interceptor fighter jet resulted in an international dispute between the United States of America and the People's Republic of China."

Personally, I thought the US pilots should have been executed for landing in Chinese territory and gifting them the aircraft and all it's gee-whiz technology.

MarsInScorpio's picture



By the time the plane landed, the self-destruct sequences in the high-tech equipment had run their course.


That's why the pilots and crew got medals.


813kml's picture

That's a character in Marvel's new series, the flying fish that through a dose of radiation became a hegemony-defending superhero.