An article in Asahi Shimbun detailing increased Chinese fears over US intervention in the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute:
A Chinese maritime patrol aircraft on Dec. 13 entered Japanese airspace over the islands in the East China Sea, the first by China since 1958, when the Self-Defense Forces began keeping data.
In response, the U.S. military on Jan. 10 began deploying airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft, equipped with sophisticated radar systems, to monitor the area around the uninhabited islands. A source close to the Chinese military blasted the deployment, calling it an “intervention” in the territorial dispute.
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