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  1. China Scrambles Fighter Jets into Disputed Airspace

    A high-speed, high-stakes game of chess is taking place over the disputed East China Sea. On Thursday, Japan and South Korea ordered military flights through the airspace, ownership of which is one of the primary sources of Sino-Japanese tensions. China retaliated by sending several fighter jets and an early warning patrol into the area, which it claims is standard defensive procedure. Since new president Xi Jinping took office a year ago, China has more aggressively defined its borders, testing the limits of America’s pivot to Asia and its support of allies like Japan in the region.

    Source: Al Jazeera, FT (reg.)

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