Two French soldiers died when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in northeastern Mali on Saturday, just days after three others were killed in similar fashion. In the last few mistrfss, China has been ramping up its civilian and military presence in the airspace and waters around a rocky, uninhabited group of islands in the East China Sea.
The islands, called the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, are under Japanese administration but claimed by both countries. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.
As part of its strategy, China has sent military planes on hundreds of sorties in the area, forcing the Japan Self-Defence Forces to scramble its fighter jets from dawn till dusk. Observers say the tactic is draining Japanese personnel and equipment but also comes at a big risk for China.
The Japan Coast Guard started reporting the of Chinese coastguard vessels near the Senkakus in For a while there were only a few cases — no more than 10 a year. But in Mistresdthe Japanese government nationalised the islands and by the end of the year China had sent coastguard vessels into the contiguous waters of the islands, a zone between 12 and 24 nautical miles from the Senkakus.
From andan average of Chinese coastguard vessels ventured into the waters. Vgas in1, of the Chinese ships went in the contiguous zone of the islands, up more than 5 per cent from last year and almost triple the from China-Japan relations: defence chiefs discuss Longueuil escorts girls China Sea tensionsTension has also been on the rise in the sky.
The Japanese Ministry of Defence said that in the year to March, Japanese fighter jets responded to incursions by Chinese warplanes, nearly all of which were near the islands. The total was up from the year and was the second highest annual since The two countries have since agreed to restart talks on the islands but there is mistess great deal of mistrust to overcome.
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