China, Russia deny Japanese accusations


Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera speaks to reporters at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo on February 5, 2013. A Chinese military frigate locked its weapon-targeting radar on a Japanese navy vessel on at least one occasion last month, in an apparent upping of the stakes in a bitter territorial row. AFP/Yoshikazu TSUNO

TOKYO—Japan’s defense minister on Friday accused two Russian fighter jets of intruding into Japanese air space, heightening regional tensions as Beijing denied Tokyo’s claims that Chinese naval vessels had locked their weapons-targeting radar on to a Japanese destroyer last month.

Tokyo said two Russian Su-37 fighters entered Japanese air space off the northern tip of Hokkaido island for just over a minute Thursday, prompting Japanese air force jets to scramble to where the Russian jets were flying.

Russia denied any border violation, but Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday that Tokyo will deal with the incident “strictly, within the bounds of international law.”

The alleged intrusion happened when Japan was observing “Northern Territories Day,” when it holds annual rallies urging Russia to return a series of islands off eastern Hokkaido captured at the end of World War II. The islands, called the Southern Kurils in Russia, are 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of where the incident took place.

In Beijing meanwhile, China’s Defense Ministry issued a statement denying Japanese claims that Chinese naval vessels had locked their radar on to a Japanese destroyer and helicopter in two instances last month in the East China Sea.

The countries are embroiled in a territorial spat over a cluster over tiny, uninhabited islands — called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese — in the vicinity that are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.

“The Japanese so-called claims that the Chinese navy locked on to Japanese ships and aircraft with fire control radar are not factual,” the Chinese statement said.

It also accused Japan of repeatedly fabricating reports to smear China over the normal training actions of its military and building China up into an international threat.

“The Chinese side wishes that the Japanese side take practical actions, cease creating a tense atmosphere in the East China Sea, and refrain from issuing irresponsible statements,” it said.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida rejected Beijing’s denial as “completely unacceptable.” He told reporters that a thorough review of data by the Defense Ministry confirmed that the Chinese naval ship and locked on with its weapons targeting radar.

The US Navy has said that Chinese ships have in past switched on their fire control radar as a response to being hailed by US ships. Experts say this underlines the need for better communication and coordination between navies.

The verbal back-and-forth comes amid the rise of China and to a lesser extent Russia’s re-emergence as a major power in Asia, but doesn’t point to an imminent military conflict, said Narushige Michishita, a security expert at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. “That’s been encouraging them to be more assertive and more active both on the diplomatic front and military front in this region.”

China and Russia may also be trying to test Japan’s new prime minister, Shinzo Abe, who has a reputation as a staunch nationalist and came to office late last year pledging to defend Japan’s sovereignty and get tough with neighbors in territorial disputes.

“In the short run, this is happening I think partly in reaction to Mr. Abe’s return to office,” Michishita said.

While a conflict between Japan and Russia is much less likely than with China, Russia’s alleged flight intrusion may be trying to send a signal to Tokyo not to take them lightly, he said. That the incident took place on a day when Japan was demanding the return of Russian-controlled islands seems intentional, he added.

Russian “military operations and diplomatic intentions are pretty well coordinated,” he said.

Photos of the Russian jets provided by Japan’s military indicate that Japanese fighters got relatively close. When a Japanese fighter aircraft scrambles towards foreign aircraft, it usually maintains a 2,000-foot (600-meter) distance to avoid possible collisions, Michishita said.

Collisions can happen. In 2001, a Chinese fighter collided with a US Navy EP-3 flying about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the southern Chinese island of Hainan. The Chinese jet crashed, killing the pilot, and the US plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Hainan, where the 24 crew members were detained and interrogated by Chinese authorities.

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  • DakuAkongUtin

    JapoNation now has to show evidence , time for them to  to open the gates of Yasukuni Shrine and Perfecture for more candidates . The Wakwaks of Yasukuni Shrine will have more   new members to the Ninja brotherhood of thieves and murderers.

    • kulkat8

      Could you provide any reason,what’s stopping China from doing things that you believe it has to be done against Japan?   

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Criminal Japanals had committed unspeakable crimes on Chinese Nation since 1895 to 1945 timeframe. Once they were out and defeated to their knees in WW2  to the Americans, they knew that once China gets back on its feet it will take them out . They then hide under American umbrella of security after all these years but kept rebuilding their military since the 1970s. They continue to erase the crimes they committed in the past and even bragged about the crimes their soldiers did.

        China is ready to wipe out Japanals for all time sake as a payment for their crimes. But the Kanos are protecting these criminals and murderers .  China , in keeping with their neighborly spirit , has to keep thing s in perspective but ever ready to resurrect the old wounds that hasnt been healed . For China is patient to exact justice, a hallmark of COnfucian teachings. It may take hundreds of years and when the right time comes, Japland will pay the  share of its dirty past.

        Remember the American use of atomic bomb in 1945 was payment for Jap invasion in 1941. The Jap atrocities of Chinese people in 1937 rape of Nanking and the millions they killed until 1945 through hungry and beheadings, hasnt been paid yet. China is waiting for the right moment, it may not be now but it will happen one day to exact Chinese Justice.

      • kulkat8

        You are in the wrong forum,Filipinos don’t care whatever your problem with the Japanese.  You must post your anti-Japanese sentiments to a Japanese website and vent your ire directly to the Japanese.  I am not telling you stop posting in this website but you must try something new.  If you already did thank you and ignore this message.

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Like the old saying , Old wounds heal but scars remain for life.
        Those scars remind so much and its important for the succeeding generation s to know the ins and outs of the circumstances. If not, there will be no justice but only crimes unpunished in the pages of history.

      • Raul

        Old saying uuuulol!!!! kaya mga estupido kayo kayo kasi puro kayo old.peke na old. 100 million na pinatay ni Mao shoktong na Chinese at ibang lahi parang wala lang. ulool!!!

      • Raul

        Chinese make Crimes against Chinese. Kay Mao shoktong palang 100 million kahit ang Hapon pumatay ng 2 million wala pa sya sa katiting ng pinatay ni Mao shoktong este Tsetong. 100 million tol, 100 million yan.

      • mjp78

        Its a different story…if we follow your logic then ok lang na pumatay ang mga foreigners ng pinoy kasi some pinoys also kill other pinoys? MAG-ISIP KA NGA!!!

      • Raul

        ANONG LOGIC PINAGSASABI MO TOL???? Nahawa ka na ba ni Gamay Uten???anong different? ano naka shabu ka? o naka singhot ka ng hangin galing China? 100 million pinatay ni Mao shoktong na kalhi nya. different story?

  • BatangSingapore

    kahit kailan hindi kaya ng china ang japan sa gera.  takot ang china na pagpapatayin sila ng japan hahaahahhaahhaha kakahiya.

    • mjp78

      dyan ka mali…takot ang Japan kasi alam nila madami galit sa kanila sa ginawa nila ng kaya ng China war vs Japan…search mo sa google ‘global firepower’…

      • BatangSingapore

        bugok, ikaw magbasa at tila kakarampot lang ang alam mo.  fyi tapos na embargo ng japan upang magproduce at gumamit ng bomba pang katay sa mga chinese hahahahahahha.

      • Raul

        Anong Takot???? China ang Takot sa Pilipinas lang nga eh d manlang makaputok sa Hapon pa. Kung alam nila na sa kanila ang Senkaku noon pa tinira na ang Hapones. Mag isip ka nga. Anong klasing Logic meron ka? Lason na Logic???? Magsal sal ka nalang kaya?

  • caloyski65

    umabante na naman ang mga CYBER MONGOLOIDS  ng CHINA…..50 cents kada post ng comment ba ang bayad sa inyo?

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Huwag kang mag alala Cyber Ratsazz ng PinoNation . Hindi ka mawalaan ng trabaho.  PesoPeso mo ngayon ay lalaki rin yan at igastos natin sa Chowking pang halohalo ang charapcharap talaga.

      • Raul

        Nagsasayang ka lang ng laway mo bayot!!!!

      • pfc_kulapu

        Chita Eh Sta Romana (aka AFPaki, Inteliling ng 11th IB kuno)
        Tanda na TANGA. Bakit magaling ka sa linguahi ng kayumangmang, kasi anak ka ng kayumangmang, lahi mo kayumangmang. At akalamo di ka ayumangmang. Sa makatuwid talagang kayumangmang ka. SUPER TANGA MO..Tanda na TANGA..
        Certfied Backstabber…

  • sasama

    …mga tsekwa…baka gusto nyu ulitin ang nangyari sa inyo sa Nanking?…

    • mjp78

      eh kung mangyari kaya sayo? Kasama na pamilya mo…

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