Japan Govt. plans to beef up 'surveillance abilities' following Senkaku air intrusion by Chinese plane

Tokyo, Dec. 15 (ANI): The Japanese Government has planned to beef up the Air Self-Defense Force's surveillance ability after a Chinese plane intruded an air space over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

"We will take all possible steps for the defense of our airspace," The Japan Times quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, as saying.

According to the paper, the Defense Ministry is considering "more effective operations" of the ASDF's airborne warning and control systems, as well as its E-2C early warning aircraft.

It comes after a Chinese government plane entered the airspace over the Senkaku Islands, which are claimed by Beijing, for the first time since the ministry started keeping such records in 1958, the paper said.

Fighter jets were scrambled after the plane was spotted by the coast guard at 11:06 a.m. about 15 km south of one of the uninhabited islerts in the East China Sea, the paper added.

Apparently, the Self-Defense Forces radar did not pick up the aircraft.

Fujimura said he believes the intrusion was another gesture by China to claim control over the disputed islands. The government will "firmly deal with any action that infringes on our country's sovereignty," he said. (ANI)