Japan protests over China’s radar unit near disputed waters


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 neighbors 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.

(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Michael Perry)

Source: Reuters “Japan protests over China’s radar unit near disputed waters”

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4 Comments on “Japan protests over China’s radar unit near disputed waters”

  1. Simon says:

    “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.”

    China answer “The radar is to detect Japanese military activities. We don’t have to explain to you what we do in our territory”.

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  2. johnleecan says:

    There has not been any dispute on those waters and islands. It’s been part of China since ancient times. China should just ignore those useless and ignorant statements.

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  3. Fre Okin says:

    If the Chinese in fact have a radar at the gas platform, then this is a prelude to Mobile Floating Platforms China may park anywhere in the South China Sea near islands held by VN, PH, Malaysia, Taiwan. This is international waters per PCA ruling, all the islands there are rocks.

    As in the South China Sea, the Chinese are merely exercising Freedom of Navigation, so what is the problem?

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    • Simon says:

      The PCA ruling, while illegal and misplaced in its dismissal that all islands are only rocks, it has also dismiss claimants from all countries. In effect the PCA has opened the door to whoever is the most dominant navel power take control of the SCS. China is the most dominant and wasted no time to enforce its claims.

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