Defense Ministry: Japan must stop surveillance and interference over China-Russia joint naval drill
( Source: MOD ) 2014-May-25 17:00
China's Harbin missile destroyer fires at a target during the China-Russia joint naval drill on East China Sea, May 24, 2014. The three-day drill "Joint Sea-2014" ended successfully on Saturday. The Chinese and Russian navies staged exercises, including joint escort drill, joint aircraft identification exercise and air defense and maritime assault drills.
BEIJING, May 25 (ChinaMil) -- In responding to the Japanese media report that Chinese military airplanes have been “unusually close” to the airplanes of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) in the East China Sea, China's Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Sunday expressed that two JSDF’s scout airplanes, one was OP3C and the other was YS11EB, intruded into the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone to scout and interfere with the China-Russia joint naval drill on the morning of May 24, 2014. And China’s military airplanes took off instantly and took necessary identification and prevention measures, so as to protect the safety of warships and aircraft in the drill and make sure the drill is going well.
The China-Russia joint naval drill in the designated waters and airspace of the East China Sea was a routine drill held by Chinese and Russian navies and various no-sail and no-fly notices in the relevant waters and airspace have been issued by both navies in accordance with international practice before the drill, according to the Ministry.
The Ministry stressed that China’s military airplanes have the right to maintain China’s air safety and take any necessary identification and prevention measures against any foreign airplane entering the related airspace in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone.
The Ministry said that Japan’s military airplanes have seriously violated the international law and the internationally accepted standards by intruding into the airspace of China-Russia naval drill and making dangerous movements, which is extremely easy to result in misreading and misjudgment and even to trigger unexpected incidents in the air.
According to the Ministry, the Chinese side has already lodged serious representations with the Japanese side, demanding the Japanese side to respect the legitimate rights of Chinese and Russian navies, restrain the personnel concerned and stop all surveillance and interference activities. Otherwise, all the consequences that might be caused will be borne by the Japanese side.