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China radar-lock on Japan ship ‘dangerous’—PM Abe

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China radar-lock on Japan ship ‘dangerous’—PM Abe

/ 10:29 AM February 06, 2013

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AFP

TOKYO–The radar lock that a Chinese frigate put on a Japanese warship was “dangerous”, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday, as tensions in a territorial row heightened further.

“It was a dangerous act that could have led to an unpredictable situation,” Abe told parliament. “It is extremely regrettable. We strongly ask for their self-restraint in order to avoid an unnecessary escalation.”

Abe’s comments come a day after his defense minister announced weapon-targeting radar had been directed at the Japanese vessel in international waters of the East China Sea last week.

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The move marks the first time the two nations’ navies have locked horns in a dispute that has some commentators warning about a possible armed conflict.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the US was “concerned”.

“With regard to the reports of this particular lock-on incident, actions such as this escalate tensions and increase the risk of an incident or a miscalculation, and they could undermine peace, stability and economic growth in this vital region,” she said.

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