Asia

Japan denies Chinese claim of dangerous fighter-jet conduct

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2016 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Su-30 fighter, right, flies along with a H-6K bomber as they take part in a drill near the East China Sea. China patrolled the waters of a series of hotly contested islands on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, a day after staging a flyover of two strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan. (Shao Jing/Xinhua via AP, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2016 file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Su-30 fighter, right, flies along with a H-6K bomber as they take part in a drill near the East China Sea. China patrolled the waters of a series of hotly contested islands on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, a day after staging a flyover of two strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan. (Shao Jing/Xinhua via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

Japan has protested to China about what it says are groundless accusations that Japanese fighter jets had fired "jamming shells" as six Chinese military planes flew over waters between Japan's southern Okinawa and Miyako islands.

Japan's top government spokesman said Monday that Japan had lodged a strong protest over Chinese announcements that were "clearly factually wrong."

Japan scrambled fighters on Saturday as Chinese planes flew over the Miyako Strait. Taiwan's defense ministry said four planes also flew over the nearby Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines.

China said two Japanese fighters launched jamming shells that endangered the safety of Chinese aircraft and crew. The Chinese exercises came shortly after the Taiwanese president spoke to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in a call strongly denounced by China.