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International relations

Russia and China test regional fault lines with island flyover

South Korea fires hundreds of rounds, Japan scrambles jets in dangerous sequence

SEOUL -- South Korean aircraft fired hundreds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian plane flew over an island chain in the Sea of Japan, a move a top South Korean official called an attempt by Moscow and Beijing to take advantage of fraught dynamics in the region.

A Russian A-50 early warning and control plane violated airspace over a chain of islands, called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, twice on Tuesday, according to the South Korean Ministry of National Defense. South Korean aircraft fired 80 warning shots the first time and 280 the second time after the Russian plane ignored warnings.

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