Japan protests after Chinese military ship passes by disputed islets

Japan protests after Chinese military ship passes near


Japan protested on Monday after a Chinese frigate skimmed islets in the East China Sea administered by Tokyo but claimed by Beijing, several Japanese media also referring to the passage of a Russian military ship in the same area.

Tokyo expressed “great concern” to Beijing through diplomatic channels and again demanded that such incidents not happen again, Seiji told reporters Kihara, the deputy secretary general of the Japanese government.

Incursions by Chinese coastguard vessels near the uninhabited Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu by Beijing, are frequent.

But it is the first time since 2018 that a Chinese military boat has come so close, entering the “contiguous zone”, a 12 nautical mile wide strip extending just beyond territorial waters.< /p>

A Russian military boat was also spotted in the same area on Monday, according to several m Japanese media citing sources within the Japanese Defense Ministry. Asked by AFP, the ministry had not confirmed this information for the time being.

At the end of May, Chinese and Russian bombers flew together near Japan, which was seen as a provocation by Tokyo, which had just hosted a summit of the “Quad”, an informal alliance between the United States, Japan, India and Australia aimed at counterbalancing China in the Asia-Pacific.

Relations between Japan and Russia have also deteriorated markedly since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with Tokyo joining Western sanctions against Moscow.