Japanese military planes have intruded on the airspace of China-Russia naval exercises and carried out dangerous actions, seriously violating international laws, China's Ministry of National Defense said Sunday.    Two Japanese airplanes, OP3C and YS11EB, intruded into the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone on Saturday morning to scout and interfere with the China-Russia naval drills.     Chinese warplanes took off instantly to take necessary identification and preventive measures to ensure the safety of the warships and aircraft in the drills, said the ministry.    Japan's actions could have easily caused a misunderstanding and even led to a mid-air incident, a ministry statement said, in response to Japanese media reports that Chinese military airplanes had been "unusually close" to the jets of Japan's Self-Defense Forces.    The exercises in the designated waters and airspace was a routine drill held by China and Russia. "No fly" and "no sail" notices in relevant waters and airspace had been issued ahead of the exercises according to international practice, the ministry said.    Chinese warplanes have the right to safeguard China's air safety and take necessary identification and preventive measures in case foreign jets enter the identification zone, it said.    China has demanded Japan to respect the legitimate rights of Chinese and Russian navies, restrain the personnel concerned and stop all reconnaissance and interference activities. "Otherwise, Japan shall be responsible for all the consequences," the statement said.    Photo: China's Harbin missile destroyer fires at a target during the China-Russia joint naval drill on East China Sea, May 24, 2014. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming)

The Devon & Cornwall Joint Branch RINA and IMarEST are pleased to announce the presentation of Philip D. Grove’s study “Asia’s 21st Century Naval Arms Race”.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday the 10th of February 2016, at the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, Plymouth.  Mr. Grove’s presentation will start at 7:15 pm and both members and non-members are welcomed.

For decades Asia’s defence budgets were dwarfed by those of Europe and North America.

Moreover, Asia’s defence procurement was dominated by spending on their armies and air forces.

However, since the start of the new millennium this has changed with far greater emphasis being placed upon forces operating in the maritime environment, both locally and on the global scene.

This presentation intends to show how and why there has been a growth in naval power in Asia and how this might either be seen as a driver for deeper co-operation and understanding in the region or act as a catalyst for further insecurity and tension in an already volatile continent.

Philip D Grove is Subject Matter Expert in Strategic Studies at Britannia Royal Naval College, for the University of Plymouth, and Head of Maritime Aviation Studies in the Dartmouth Seapower and Security Centre.

He has published widely, with his co-authored work The Royal Navy: A History Since 1900 (I B Tauris, 2014) being shortlisted for the Mountbatten Maritime Award. Additionally he has presented numerous papers at Conferences and to various Naval audiences.

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