Japanese Submarine Participates For The First Time of Exercises in the South China Sea

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A Japanese Self-Defense Force submarine is engaged for the first time in naval exercises in the South China Sea, according to the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

According to the ministry, quoted by Reuters, the Kuroshio submarine of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, with the crew of 80 men, will arrive in the region until September 21. The exercises in this zone are being accompanied by three Japanese helicopter carriers of the Izumo class.

In August, Japan said in its Defense White Paper that China had made great efforts to increase its military capabilities and expand the area of its military air and sea operations, particularly in the East China Sea and Sea of South China.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry, for its part, calls these Japanese statements unfounded and irresponsible.

China’s official representative, Geng Shuang, called on countries outside the region to refrain from actions that could jeopardize peace and stability in the South China Sea, “to respect the efforts of the countries of the region to solve the problem of the South China Sea through peaceful methods and dialogue. ”

Tokyo and Beijing have long been involved in a territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, referred to by China as Diaoyu Islands. The islands are located near a major sea route and potentially large oil and gas fields.

Japanese Submarine Participates For The First Time of Exercises in the South China Sea

Japan claims that the islands belong to it since 1895, while Beijing points out that the Japanese maps made in 1783 and 1785 indicate the islands as Chinese territory. After World War II, the islands were controlled by the US until they were returned to Japan in 1972. Taiwan and mainland China consider that Tokyo keeps control of the islands illegally.

 

Source: Sputnik News