Home > News > Regional
Monday January 13, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday January 13, 2014 MYT 7:39:04 AM
TOKYO: Japan’s defence minister vowed to defend the country’s territory as three Chinese government ships entered disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea, the first such incident this year.
The Chinese coastguard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters at about 8.30am on Saturday off one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, Japan’s coastguard said.
They left less than two hours later.
“We can never overlook repeated incursions into territorial waters,” Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said.
“We need to make diplomatic efforts on one hand. We also want to firmly defend our country’s territorial sea and land with the Self-Defence Forces cooperating with the Coast Guard,” he added.
Chinese state-owned ships and aircraft have approached the Senkakus on and off to demonstrate Beijing’s territorial claims, especially after Japan nationalised some of the islands in September 2012.
It was the first time Chinese ships had been spotted since Dec 29 when three coastguard ships entered the zone and stayed for around three hours, the Japan Coast Guard said.
Japanese coastguard patrol boats have tried to chase Chinese vessels away, fuelling tensions which some fear could spiral out of control into an armed clash.
Japan’s conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed no compromise on the sovereignty of the islands and recently announced a boost in military spending to beef-up the nation’s defence. — AFP
Tags / Keywords:
Japan’s Abe says TPP negotiations reached ‘broad agreement’
French PM jokes with robots during Japan visit
Japan’s big manufacturers confidence down
SoftBank leads US$1bil investment in US start-up company company
AirAsia Japan revamp completed
Obama, Putin discuss Syria; essential difference over Assad remains
White House: Russia acknowledging political needs in Syria 'a start'
West, Ukraine, hail rebel decision to postpone disputed elections
Germany agrees refugee package as support for Merkel slips
Former Congo vice president Bemba, lawyer bribed witnesses, Hague court told
Taliban fighters launch hit-and-run attacks in Afghanistan's Kunduz
Pistorius may appeal prison release delay - lawyer
Resort in Lumut makes for a great weekend getaway
Copyright © 1995-2015 Star Media Group Berhad (ROC 10894D)(Formerly known as Star Publications (Malaysia) Berhad)