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Yuki Tatsumi Op-ed in The Diplomat on China and the East China Sea

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On June 9, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) frigate sailed near Senkaku Island. Although the naval vessel stayed in the contiguous zone, and therefore did not enter Japan’s territorial waters, this is the first time that a PLAN vessel came this close to the Senkakus, which are also claimed by China (where they are called the Diaoyus). The incident came only a few days after a Chinese J-10 fighter jet resorted to risky maneuvers, flying too close to intercept a U.S. RC-135 surveillance aircraft that was flying over the East China Sea on a routine surveillance flight.

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