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China says no need to overreact to Chinese bombers' flyover of Miyako Strait

People's Daily Online

By Chen Lidan (People's Daily Online) 15:29, July 14, 2017

The Chinese defense ministry said its bombers' recent flyover of the Miyako Strait was a regular training exercise and the country's air force will carry out more far-sea exercises in accordance with international practice.

When asked about the Japanese air force's response to the Chinese H-6 bombers that passed through the Miyako Strait on July 13, Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, said in a written statement that there is no need to panic or hype up the lawful actions of the Chinese military.

The Japanese side should get used to it, the spokesperson added.

Despite being a well acknowledged international flight passage, the Miyako Strait is also considered a strategic entryway into the Western Pacific between the islands of Miyako and Okinawa.

According to the Japanese defense ministry, Chinese air force flew six H-6 bombers in two separate batches through the Miyako Strait. It also released pictures of the bombers taken by aircraft of Japan's Air Self-Defense Force at close range, which were sent to follow the Chinese military aircraft in case of an emergency.

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