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China, Russia military activity near Japan up 2.5 times since Ukraine

High-level, coordinated maneuvers raise concerns in Tokyo

A pilot sits in the cockpit of a Chinese J-10 fighter jet. Increased military activity near Japan has led to unease in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese and Russian military activity around Japan increased 2.5 times in the four months following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking alarm here over a potential escalation.

Releases by Japan's Ministry of Defense show 90 instances of activity by Chinese and Russian military vessels and aircraft near Japan in the four months after the invasion began. There had been 35 in the four months before.

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