Japan Says Suspicion of Chinese Submarine Sighted Near Territorial Waters

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Japan’s Defense Ministry said Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China has been spotted in waters near its southern islands as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. The Japanese Navy learned Friday morning of a submerged shipment sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near the island of Amami Oshima, which is part of Kagoshima Prefecture, the ministry said in a statement. Tokyo has complained of quite a few intrusions via Chinese ships into its territorial waters and near disputed islands in recent years China has reacted aneously to U. S. ships sailing in disputed spaces of the South China Sea in what Washington calls demonstrations of freedom of navigation. . Chinese diplomat Wang Yi, who visited Vietnam during a holiday in Southeast Asia, said the two countries deserve the support of any unilateral action on the South China Sea that could complicate and magnify disputes. Saturday’s announcement said Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force had met the ships in an adjoining area, located outside the territorial waters where the ships must be identified. However, Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi called on his staff to “collect data and stay alert. Vigilance with a sense of urgency,” he said. Chinese embassy officials may not be reached for comment on Sunday. The submarine continued underwater westward into the ocean near Yokoate Island, the ministry said.

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