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Japan accuses China of using weapons radar on ship

By Mari Yamaguchi

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:53 a.m. HST, Feb 05, 2013

TOKYO » Japan today accused Chinese navy vessels of locking a weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese destroyer and helicopter amid escalating territorial disputes between the Asian powers.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera accused Chinese navy vessels of using the weapons radar in two incidents last month, on Jan. 19 and Jan. 30. He said it happened in the East China Sea, suggesting it was near disputed islands controlled by Japan but also claimed by China. He did not give an exact location.

Onodera said the action could have led to a dangerous situation. Shots were not fired on either occasion.

"It is extremely abnormal to use such fire-control radar, or radar for (weapons) firing," he told reporters in an emergency briefing. "The incident could have led to a dangerous situation in case of a misstep."

"We will sternly call on the Chinese side to refrain from such dangerous acts," he added.

The United States, which is a treaty ally of Japan, voiced concern. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said such actions could escalate tensions and increase the risk of an incident or miscalculation that would undermine peace, stability and economic growth in the region.

Chinese maritime surveillance vessels have repeatedly entered Japanese-claimed waters around the islands since last September, when Japan's government nationalized some of the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The purchase triggered violent protests across China.

Japan's Foreign Ministry lodged a formal protest with China earlier today through the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo and the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, officials said. China said it would look into the alleged incidents, according to Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

Onodera said Japan waited to report the incidents because it took time to verify the source and nature of the radar allegedly used by the Chinese frigates.

New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone today with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and they discussed "regional security issues," Nuland said. She declined to say whether the radar-targeting incidents were among the issues they talked about.

Associated Press writer Matthew Pennington in Washington contributed to this report.

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entrkn wrote:
China needs to grow up instead of growing out...
on February 5,2013 | 09:56AM
9ronboz wrote:
chinese maritime vessels have repeatedly entered waters of other countries
on February 5,2013 | 10:34AM
HD36 wrote:
Makes me wonder if the Chinese are selling their US Treasury bond holdings and plowing the money into their military in anticipation of an eventual war over these islands with Japan. The evidence is that the 30 and 10 yr US treasury bond has gone down and the yield has risen over the last two months while the Fed is buying $45 billion dollars a month. There is a direct correlation between the rise in the stock market and the rise in yeilds. If you see the market going down and yeilds rising then you know Central Foreign Banks are selling at the top and getting out. When it comes to the point when the US government cannont even pay the interest on the debt, and they are forced to cut military expeditures and close bases, China will ramp up its offensive posture on the islands. Japan clearly anticipates this as Shinzo Abe has announced a BOJ monetary policy which will see a quadrillion yen printed and a significant increase in military expenditures. Currency war=trade war=military war.
on February 5,2013 | 01:01PM
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