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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.

The 523 scrambles by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force represent a 9.9% increase on the year, data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Defense shows. Most interceptions took place over the East China Sea, home of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands -- which Beijing claims and calls the Diaoyu.

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