Japan discovered suspected Chinese submarine near territorial waters

Japan’s Defense Ministry said it had discovered a suspected Chinese submarine in waters near the southern islands of the country.

Japan on the morning of September 10 detected a submarine sailing northwest, just outside its territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, in Kagoshima Prefecture, according to a statement from the country’s Defense Ministry.

Tokyo suspects that the submarine may be Beijing’s. In addition, a Chinese destroyer at that time was also discovered in the vicinity.

Chinese submarines operate in the South China Sea, April 2018.  Photo: Reuters.

Chinese submarines operate in the South China Sea, April 2018. Photo: Reuters.

The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force identified the ships operating in the contiguous area, outside the territorial waters that the ships were required to notify of their identification. However, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi directed “information collection and maintenance of prudent surveillance activities based on the spirit of urgency”. The submarine then continued westward over waters near Yokoate Island.

China was not immediately available for comment.

Tokyo has frequently complained in recent years about Chinese ships entering its territorial waters or sailing near disputed islands. Tensions between the two countries in the East China Sea related to the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands have also shown no signs of cooling down.

Late last month, the Japan Self-Defense Forces said that Chinese unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) continuously operated in the airspace over the East China Sea and the Miyako Strait for three days in a row, prompting Tokyo to dispatch fighter jets to follow suit. track.

The Miyako Strait, located between the islands of Okinawa and Miyakojima southwest of Japan, is a strategic international shipping route through the country’s exclusive economic zone, playing a very important role in the ability of the sea to reach the Pacific Ocean. Chinese Army and Air Force.

Vu Hoang (Follow Reuters)

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