Tokyo Turns Attention To Beijing As Chinese Ship Enters Sea of Japan
Japan has referred its concerns to Beijing after a Chinese navy ship sailed in Japanese waters earlier this week, off the country’s southwestern Kagoshima prefecture.
Kyodo News, citing a ministry source, said that the Chinese survey ship was spotted out at sea on Wednesday and Thursday in the so-called contiguous area outside Japan’s territorial sea.
A Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft spotted the ship heading into Japanese waters from the southern contiguous area of Yakushima island around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials familiar with the matter said the Japanese government had conveyed concerns about the ship’s actions to China through diplomatic channels.
Recently, China has increased its maritime activities in the South China Sea.
On Friday, four Chinese coast guard ships also entered Japanese waters around the Senkakus, marking their first incursion into the area since October 20.
The Japanese government called China’s actions “a violation of international law. It is truly regrettable and we cannot accept it.”
Top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said Japan had filed a protest against China because the small islands were “without a doubt our country’s inherent territory historically and based on the law.” international law.”
China claims almost the entire South China Sea and has overlapping territorial claims with Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan.
Meanwhile, the Chinese military criticized the latest operation as the latest evidence of the US “militarization of the South China Sea”, adding that it had tracked the ship and warned it, the Japan Times reported.
China on September 1 implemented an amended law that allows its maritime safety agency, under the Ministry of Transport, to order foreign ships to leave an area Beijing claims as territorial waters. their presence if they consider their presence a security threat.