A Chinese aircraft carrier conducted 260 takeoff, landing drills near Okinawa’s coast, Japan

Aircraft based on the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning conducted a total of about 260 takeoff and landing drills this month while the vessel sailed in waters near Okinawa Prefecture and elsewhere, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. Air Self-Defense Force fighter aircraft were scrambled in response to these drills, and the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s helicopter-carrying destroyer…