Close-in Monitoring and Surveillance by Japanese Warships and Airplanes is the Root Cause to the Air and Maritime Safety Issues between China and Japan
( Source: MOD ) 2013-February-8 10:25
The Information Office of China's Ministry of National Defense issued a statement on the allegation that Chinese naval ships’ fire-control radar targeted warships and airplanes of Japanese Self Defense Force. According to Japanese media reports, the allegation was made by Japan’s Minster of Defense.
The statement says, “At around 4pm on January 19, a Chinese naval frigate, while conducting routine training in relevant waters in the East China Sea, spotted an approaching ship-borne helicopter of JSDF. The frigate kept normal observation and alert, and fire control radar was not used.
At around 9am on January 30, a Chinese naval ship found itself closely followed and monitored by JSDF destroyer Yudachi while conducting routine training in relevant waters in the East China Sea. The radars on the Chinese naval ship kept normal observation and alert, and fire control radar was not used. Therefore, the Japanese side’s remarks were against the facts, said the statement.
What needs to be pointed out is that in recent years, Japanese warships and airplanes often conduct long time and close-in monitoring and surveillance of China’s naval ships and airplanes. This is the root cause to air and maritime safety issues between China and Japan. China has lodged representations to the Japanese side on a lot of occasions, said the statement.
Recently, Japan has repeatedly spread false accusations which distorted facts and defamed Chinese military’s normal combat readiness training. This time, without verifying related facts with the Chinese side, Japan unilaterally released untrue information to the media and senior Japanese government officials made irresponsible remarks, which hyped up the so-called “China threat” and recklessly created tension and misled international public opinion. We must be vigilant against and ponder such moves by Japan. China hopes that Japan take effective measures to stop stirring up tension in the East China Sea and making irresponsible remarks.