Japan scrambles fighters after China plane in disputed airspace

Japan has scrambled fighter jets after one Chinese state-owned aeroplane entered airspace over islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing. 

F15 jets were mobilised after a Chinese maritime aircraft ventured over the territory just after 10am Singapore time. 

Chinese government ships have moved in and out of waters around the islands for more than two months. 

But this was the first time since the dispute flared that Tokyo has claimed any airborne incursion into what it says is Japanese territory. 

The Japanese coastguard said four maritime surveillance vessels were logged in waters around the islands earlier in the day, and were ordered to leave.