Japan protests over China’s radar unit near disputed waters

Japan discovered the radar in late June and issued a protest on Friday through its embassy in China, urging Beijing to explain the purpose.

By: Reuters | Tokyo | Published:August 7, 2016 9:12 am
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Japan has filed a protest to Beijing after the discovery that China installed radar equipment in a gas exploration platform close to disputed waters in the East China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.

Japan fears that the radar, a type commonly found on patrol ships and not necessary for gas field development, could be a sign that China intends to use gas exploration platforms in the disputed waters as military stations, Japanese media said.

According to the spokesman, Japan discovered the radar in late June and issued a protest on Friday through its embassy in China, urging Beijing to explain the purpose.

Japan has been calling on China to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea, accusing it of unilateral development despite a 2008 agreement to maintain cooperation on resources development in the area, where no official border between them has been drawn.

On Saturday, Japan issued another protest to Beijing after Chinese coastguard ships and about 230 fishing vessels sailed close to what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around disputed islets in the East China Sea.

The latest protests adds to bilateral tensions between the two Asian neighbours over territorial claims and comes less than a month after an arbitration court in The Hague invalidated China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea.

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    Krishna
    Aug 7, 2016 at 5:09 am
    China has no respect for international laws. China thinks most of the land on the earth belongs to her and is involved in bossing around. One thing that can bring China on its toes. is to boycott its produce all over the world even if they are cheaper.. Financial weak china can not afford to quarrel with its neighbors.
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    Durai
    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:43 am
    BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT ALL CHINESE GOODS ALWAYS !!! CHINA IS A ROGUE NATION !!!
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    Kartha MN
    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:48 am
    The Chinese needs to be contained . They seem to care little about others. They show no respect to international insutions if they seem to be not favorable to Chinese interests. The China can have autocratic set up with in it. But they cannot be allowed to carry their will to international arena where there are other players who have an equal right if not more in this world. The Chinese must be made to respect international insutions. The US and its allies came together to take on Iraq when it attacked and annexed Kuwait. They must show the same solidarity so that the Chinese are restricted to their rightful zone and not allowed to encroach on the right of others. Let there be peace and love and not hatred
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    Kartha MN
    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:48 am
    The Chinese needs to be contained . They seem to care little about others. They show no respect to international insutions if they seem to be not favorable to Chinese interests. The China can have autocratic set up with in it. But they cannot be allowed to carry their will to international arena where there are other players who have an equal right if not more in this world. The Chinese must be made to respect international insutions. The US and its allies came together to take on Iraq when it attacked and annexed Kuwait. They must show the same solidarity so that the Chinese are restricted to their rightful zone and not allowed to encroach on the right of others. Let there be peace and love and not hatred
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    Dr.M.M.HAZARIKA PhD
    Aug 7, 2016 at 5:44 am
    Why we cannot peacefully live together everywhere. Why we cannot make an attempt to enjoy the Power of LOVE; over going to WAR on every small issue with the others? These Nuclear weapons shall not burst unless there is enough of reason of our doing so to attack others. It is certainly a Security Threat to the entire Area covered by South China Sea. Hence we once again most humbly appeal to Russia and USA to resolve the issue most amicably. What for China is constructing a Military base at South China Sea? How it can help them? If we attack someone; we are attacking none but self only. Let us be aware that there are no two Humanities within us to allow one to live-on in absence of companion other or if other is killed for whatsoever reason. If China can be that adamant in constructing the Artificial Island; they can well fire Nuclear weapons anywhere reasonless .
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    Anand Ch
    Aug 7, 2016 at 5:13 am
    Make it disfunctional.
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