Japan Fires on Chinese Aircraft over Senkaku Islands
The Senkaku Islands are a little over 200 miles from the Japanese F-15's at Naha Airbase on Okinawa. Both China and Japan claim these worthless islands as their own. History tends to side with Japan, but one can understand why China claims them. This is even more so since around them are minerals and oil deposits. The islands are closer to Taiwan, another island that China claims as theirs.
China recently began patrolling the whole area aggressively using its Y-8 aircraft. The Y-8 violated Japanese airspace over the islands. Tokyo ordered its F-15's on Naha to intercept and escorted the patrol aircraft away. There is little doubt that the Y-8 reported this incident because in short order, Chinese J-10 fighters were approaching the Japanese F-15's. The potential enemies met above the islands and the Japanese fired tracers as a way to put them on notice.
China's newspapers called this an act of war and Japan should prepare for more of the worse. Hinting that China will send more fighters and their navy next time. In fact, they already have. This puts the US more on the Japanese side because of defense treaties and the US base on Okinawa.The future is cloudy in this part of the world because of the gas and oil discoveries that China claims as theirs. It will only take one mistake by firing a real attack to create a regional war. Given the bad history between China and Japan, this will likely happen sometime. Japan invaded China and occupied part of it in WW2. China has never really forgiven Japan for slaughter of Chinese at Nanking.
It is a war just waiting to happen.