Tokyo said Sunday’s drone sighting was the first time a WZ-7 Soaring Dragon was spotted near the country. Photo: Japanese defence ministry
Tokyo said Sunday’s drone sighting was the first time a WZ-7 Soaring Dragon was spotted near the country. Photo: Japanese defence ministry

Chinese military drone flies near Japanese islands, prompting Tokyo to scramble fighter jets

  • Unmanned aerial vehicle, thought to be a WZ-7 Soaring Dragon, circles past Okinawa and Miyakojima, according to Japan’s defence ministry
  • PLA drone operations likely a response to Tokyo’s new defence strategy and closer ties with Washington, observers say

Tokyo said Sunday’s drone sighting was the first time a WZ-7 Soaring Dragon was spotted near the country. Photo: Japanese defence ministry
Tokyo said Sunday’s drone sighting was the first time a WZ-7 Soaring Dragon was spotted near the country. Photo: Japanese defence ministry
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