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China’s rising naval exercise in Japanese waters is a giant concern, Japan lawmaker says

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SINGAPORE — Japan’s state minister of protection says China’s rising maritime actions within the waters surrounding Japan is a menace.

“We really feel worry from the Chinese language increasing naval energy all through the Pacific Ocean,” Yasuhide Nakayama informed CNBC’s “Road Indicators Asia” on Tuesday as a part of Milken Institute’s Asia Summit.

China and Japan have had a longstanding dispute over a sequence of uninhabited islands within the East China Sea. Often known as the Diaoyu islands to China and the Senkaku islands to Japan, the 2 sides have typically clashed over the disputed territory, however agreed final month to proceed discussions.

Nakayama’s feedback come days after Japanese media reported that Japan, France and america will maintain joint navy drills for the primary time subsequent Might, based on Reuters.

“It is a message aimed toward China,” Pierre Vandier, chief of workers of the French navy, reportedly informed Japanese newspaper Sankei. “It is a message about multi-lateral partnerships and the liberty of passage.”

A Japanese Maritime Self-Protection Pressure flying over the disputed islets often known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, within the East China Sea.

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An opinion piece in Chinese language state-backed tabloid International Instances mentioned the navy workouts present that Japan desires to depend on its allies to assist its “unlawful maritime claims” and restrict China’s improvement.

“The dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands has lengthy existed and China has enough proof to show that the islands have all the time been an integral a part of the Chinese language territory,” the article mentioned.

Nakayama mentioned Beijing is “unilaterally” altering the established order within the East China Sea. “Each single day, the Chinese language ships, the coast guard vessels attempt to get into our territorial water,” he mentioned.

He cited a selected incident in October the place a Chinese language vessel stayed in Japanese waters for greater than 57 hours. “It is a very large concern for us,” he mentioned.

Nakayama additionally mentioned Tokyo is anxious about Beijing’s cooperation with Moscow. He spoke a few latest incident when a Russian plane entered Japan’s airspace, however supplied few particulars. “It is a large downside and large subject,” he added.

Japanese media reported final month {that a} Russian helicopter intruded into Japanese airspace off Hokkaido on Oct. 2, prompting the protection ministry to scramble fighter jets in response to the intrusion.

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