Yonhap News Agency
October 22, 2013
warned Japan on Tuesday against “playing up” tension after Tokyo
reportedly approved a plan to intercept and shoot down any foreign
drones if they ignore warnings to leave Japanese airspace.
China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks in
response to a report by Japan’s Kyodo news agency on Sunday, which
cited a “source close to the government,” that Japanese Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe approved the plan.
If confirmed, the move would signal Tokyo’s readiness to unilaterally
respond to an increasingly acrimonious territorial dispute with Beijing
over a set of islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan.
Last month, a Chinese military drone was reportedly spotted near