Agence France-PresseDecember 2, 2013 12:17
The US Navy has deployed sophisticated surveillance aircraft to Japan, officials said Monday, amid rising tensions over China's territorial claims in the region.
Two P-8A Poseidon patrol jets departed Jacksonville, Florida on Friday and arrived later at Kadena air base in Okinawa, in a move that was planned before Beijing declared an air defense zone last month covering disputed islands in the East China Sea, a Navy official told AFP.
"This was scheduled for a long time," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
"It's a rotational deployment."