Japan voices concerns over China naval ships' recent moves

June 18, 2016 1:51 am 

TOKYO, June 17 — Japan's government expressed increasing concerns on Friday about "escalating" moves by Chinese warships, following recent repeated entries into Japanese territorial waters, or those nearby.

"The Chinese military has been unilaterally escalating its actions in the waters near our country," Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told a press conference, a day after a Chinese naval intelligence vessel sailed in an area just outside Japanese waters near Kitadaito Island in Okinawa Prefecture in the Pacific Ocean.

While similar remarks were also heard from the government's top spokesman Yoshihide Suga and Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, china warned Japan not to hype up tensions as its naval activities were "fully in line with the relevant principles of international law." (PNA/Kyodo)

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