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Japan mulls US spy drones for marine surveillance—report

In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. Japan is considering introducing US spy drones to boost surveillance of its territorial waters near islands in the East China Sea at the center of a bitter dispute with Beijing, Kyodo News said Monday. Dec. 31, 2012. AP PHOTO/KYODO NEWS

TOKYO—Japan is considering introducing US spy drones to boost surveillance of its territorial waters near islands in the East China Sea at the center of a bitter dispute with Beijing, Kyodo News said Monday.

The Japanese defense ministry hopes to introduce the unmanned Global Hawk aircraft by 2015 “in a bid to counter China’s growing assertiveness at sea, especially when it comes to the Senkaku Islands,” the news agency said, citing unnamed government officials.

Beijing has been sending maritime patrol vessels into waters around the Japanese-controlled islands, which China claims as Diaoyu, since Tokyo nationalized the chain in September.

China is apparently seeking to prove that it can come and go in the area at will, and on Monday three of Beijing’s ships were spotted in the waters around the islands, according to Japan’s coastguard, in the latest perceived incursion.

An earlier report on Monday said China has transferred two destroyers and nine other former navy vessels to its maritime surveillance fleet.


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  • bugoybanggers

    Wala na iyan, ang mga POLITIKO ng PILIPINAS ay mga apo ng mga LAYAS na INSTIK, mga lahing TRAYDOR (api daw ni MAO MAO de Carabao) ng CHINA na nagsilikas noon pa PILIPINAS kaya mga dugong TRAYDOR, wala tayong maasahan sa modernization ng AFP kung sila ang iniloklok natin sa pamamahala ng PILIPINAS. Pasensya na lang at isa DIOS nalang daw ang kinabukasan o kung ano man ang kinahatnan ng BANSA sa susunod na henerasyon. Sana ang mga semilya ng may dugong TRAYDOR na INSTIK ay makontrol o mapigilan ng RH law.. Maharang ng condom at deretsong basurahan!

  • catalansbarce

    If China and Japan engage in force over senkaku island,, then the feared Third World War will erupt. China and its allies., Russia, North Korea, Cambodia etc… AGAINST…. Japan and its allies .., USA, Philippines, South Korea and etc.

  • NaUnsa

    We should form a strategic alliance with all southeast asian nations to counter & conquer the imperialist china. The imperialist china has already decided and planned to take Taiwan, The Philippines, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunie, etc by conquest as their First Islands of Defense. So it’s very clear that the imperialist china is the PROBLEM! and is a threat to all nations around it.



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