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Chinese ambassador criticises Japan for `following` navy

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 15:21

Tokyo: Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng
Yonghua criticised Japan for `following` Chinese navy vessels
engaged in military exercises on the high seas after Chinese
vessel-borne helicopters approached Japanese destroyers.

"Japanese (Self-Defense Forces`) ships and patrol planes
followed (Chinese vessels) for quite a long time...I think
such a thing would be a betrayal of mutual trust " the
ambassador told a press conference in Tokyo, speaking in
Japanese yesterday.

The ambassador also said that China`s naval drills in
waters off Japan are conducted "in accordance with
international rules" and his country is working to boost
transparency regarding its military buildup by releasing a
defense white paper and through other means.

Tokyo has lodged a protest through diplomatic channels
over what it sees as `dangerous` approaches by Chinese
vessel-borne helicopters toward Japanese destroyers, which
were deployed for surveillance of Chinese vessels.

The incidents took place on April 8 and April 21, when
the vessels were sailing in the East China Sea.

While China has explained to Japan that the approaches
were a "necessary defense measure" in response to Japanese
surveillance activities, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada said
Friday that he was "not convinced" by the explanation.

First Published: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 15:21

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