- Malaysia's air force said it scrambled jets to conduct visual confirmation after the planes flew within 60 nautical miles off Sarawak state of Malaysian Borneo.
- It described the incident as a "serious threat to national sovereignty and flight safety."
- Last year, a Chinese survey ship held a month-long standoff with a Malaysian oil exploration vessel within Malaysia's exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea.
- Malaysia's move follows months of diplomatic protests by the Philippines over the presence of hundreds of Chinese fishing boats in its Exclusive Economic Zone, which it says are manned by militia.
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