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The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

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Japan summons China envoy over radar denial

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 February, 2013, 12:12pm
UPDATED : Friday, 08 February, 2013, 6:33pm

Japan summoned China’s envoy on Friday for the third time this year as a row over disputed islands that this week drew in the two nations’ navies descended into a bitter war of words.

Tokyo says a Chinese frigate got a radar lock on one of its destroyers in international waters last month, a procedure known as “painting” that is necessary to fire modern weapons systems.

Beijing’s flat denial on Friday sparked an angry reaction in Japan, where Vice Foreign Minister Chikao Kawai told Ambassador Cheng Yonghua the response was “totally unacceptable”.

Beijing for its part has accused Tokyo of hyping the “China threat” in a bid to manipulate world public opinion against its giant neighbour.

The radar incident, which Japan said happened last week, marked the first time the two nations’ navies have locked horns in the spat over the Tokyo-controlled Senkakus, which China claims as the Diaoyus.

Tokyo also charges a Chinese frigate “painted” one of its helicopters in the middle of last month.

On both January 19 and January 30, China’s defence ministry said in a statement, the Chinese ship-board radar maintained normal operations and “fire-control radar was not used”.

“The Japanese side’s remarks were against the facts,” it said.

“Japan unilaterally made public untrue information to the media and senior Japanese government officials made irresponsible remarks that hyped up the so-called ‘China threat’,” it added.

Tokyo had “recklessly created tension and misled international public opinion”, it said.

A spokeswoman for Beijing’s foreign ministry added later that “Japan’s remarks are completely making something out of nothing”.

“We hope Japan will renounce its petty tricks,” Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular briefing.

In reply, Kawai told the ambassador Japan expected Beijing to “sincerely fulfil its responsibility for an explanation” and take measures to prevent similar incidents, a statement said.

“We have made a cautious and elaborate analysis of this incident at the defence ministry and we have confirmed it,” Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said earlier.

“We told the Chinese side we cannot accept their argument and asked them for a sincere response,” he said.

Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Friday the public announcements had been made “after a special unit analysed data on the radar contact and confirmed it. There is no mistake about it”.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted to change Japanese diplomacy to something “that is still polite and quiet, but vocal about our position once our sovereignty or national interest is being challenged”.

The long-running row over the islands intensified in September when Tokyo nationalised part of the chain, triggering fury in Beijing and huge anti-Japan demonstrations across China.

Beijing has repeatedly sent ships and aircraft near the islands and both sides have scrambled fighter jets, though there have been no clashes.

Abe on Thursday called the radar incident “extremely regrettable”, “dangerous” and “provocative” but also said that dialogue must remain an option.

“We will not close the window of dialogue. This is most important,” said Abe. “I would like China to return to a more open attitude towards our strategic partnership.”

The seabed near the island chain, which is also claimed by Taiwan, is believed to contain mineral reserves.

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Hollander323
I have watched a Chinese channel the day before discussing about the issue.
Some military experts there explained that the scanning with the radar even the combat radar, could be just for searching purposes, not necessary for preparation for firing at the targets. Besides, during a programme last year, Phoenix TV quoted some unconfirmed reports by PLA that Chinese ships had been scanned by Japanese ship radars for over 100 times during the years, and they also quoted that the PLA has not been taking the matter seriously.
I suspect the Japanese has a hidden agenda bringing up this issue at this point in time.
sars_fabio35
You forgot to say: 'The Japanese are playing with fire.'
sars_fabio35
Sounds like a statement from the Communist Party. Hidden Agenda. Pfft.
lib_prc

If the Chinese and the Japanese really want a mutually inspiring relationship, the DY issue is not hard to resolve. They just need to work with each other and deliberately display some isolated act of mutual insult (like shooting down a balloon from each side once a year) so the US can be reassured that they don't like each other that much...
norodnik
Considering that US AWACS were flying around there at the same time one would assume there is evidence to produce - if there is only American evidence then it won't see the light of day, but if the Japanese have proof then they should release it right away.
Somebody's lying so time to call the bluff.
 
 
 
 
 

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