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Japan Warns China On Naval Intrusion

January 12, 2016 by staff 

Japan Warns China On Naval Intrusion, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference Japan had informed China of its decision in November, after Chinese navy ships sailed near disputed isles in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

Japan’s government, Suga said, had approved this course of action last May.

“Based on a Cabinet resolution last May, if a foreign naval vessel transits our waters for (purposes) other than ‘innocent passage’, we will order a sea patrol and take the step of having the Self-Defense Force unit order withdrawal,” Suga told a news conference.

Suga’s comments followed a Yomiuri newspaper report that said ships belonging to the Maritime Self-Defense Force, as Japan’s navy is known, would be sent to urge Chinese naval ships to leave if they came within about 22 kilometres (12 nautical miles) of the islands for reasons other than “innocent passage”.

The tiny islands are under Japan’s control, but the territorial dispute over them has been a major sticking point in the two countries’ often contentious relations in recent years.

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