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International relations

Beijing keeps Japan busy scrambling jets in East China Sea

Air Self-Defense Forces intercept Chinese planes 523 times in nine months

China's Y8 early warning aircraft travels over the South China Sea. (Photo provided by the Defense Ministry)

TOKYO -- Japan scrambled fighter jets 523 times to intercept Chinese military aircraft between April and December, the second-highest total for the period, raising security tensions between the two countries ahead of President Xi Jinping's state visit this spring.

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