China summons Japan ambassador over air zone protests

China summons Japan ambassador over air zone protests
File photo of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's PC3 surveillance plane flying around disputed islands in the East China Sea

BEIJING - China summoned the Japanese ambassador over Tokyo's response to Beijing's new "air defence identification zone" which covers islands claimed by both sides, the foreign ministry said Monday.

"Officials of the Chinese foreign ministry have summoned the Japanese ambassador to China to express China's strong dissatisfaction and solemn protest regarding Japan's unreasonable hype over China's establishing an air defence identification zone," spokesman Qin Gang said at a regular press briefing.

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