China Conducted Aircraft Carrier Operations Near Okinawa – Japan’s Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo expressed concern on Tuesday over the activity of a Chinese aircraft carrier in waters near Nansei Islands and Taiwan. Kishi told reporters that Chinese fighter jets and helicopters were seen taking off from and landing on the aircraft carrier Liaoning more than 100 times from last Tuesday (May 3) to Sunday (May 8).
The Japanese Defense Ministry has been closely monitoring the vessel, the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) first aircraft carrier since it traveled south through the waters between Okinawa’s main island and Miyakojima island and into the Pacific Ocean last week. The operations had taken place in the waters approximately 160 km (100 miles) southwest of Okinawa Prefecture’s Okidaito Island and 150 km south of its Ishigaki Island — the closest ever to Japan to date, The Japan Times reported.
“The recent activities by the Chinese military may be an attempt
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