Japan repositions radar system as China bolsters military presence in Asian waters

Beijing, April 30: Tokyo is protesting China’s continued military buildup near Japan’s coast and a disputed islet cluster and is currently repositioning its mobile radar system in the area due to the threat posed by Beijing.

China has boosted its naval and air presence in the East China Sea, which stretches between the two countries and stretches into the wider Western Pacific. On Tuesday, Tokyo protested after a Chinese navy survey vessel entered Japanese waters for about three hours.

The dispute over the Diaoyu Islands is also a bone of contention between China and Japan. China claims the islands, which it calls the Diaoyu Islands, as its own, Voice of America reported. In January, a Japanese municipal government planned to seek permission from Tokyo authorities to land on the disputed Senkaku Islands and put up traffic signs. China’s bid for global dominance is collapsing with the failing Belt and Road Initiative.

Hopes are low for the settlement of this dispute as the Chinese Embassy has said that no matter what, the disputed area will remain part of China. A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, said: “No matter what Japan does, it will never change the fact that Diaoyudao [the Diaoyu Islands] is part of China.”

“China’s determination to safeguard the territorial sovereignty of the Diaoyudao is firm,” the spokesperson added. On April 15, Japan’s Defense Ministry said the number of jammings targeting foreign aircraft rose by 279 in the year ending March, compared to the previous year. The ministry has recorded more than 1,000 such incidents over the past year, many involving China, according to Japanese media.

Andrew Yang, secretary-general of the China Council for Advanced Political Studies think tank in Taiwan, said China hopes to dissuade other countries, including Japan, from challenging it in the Western Pacific, according to the media portal.

Japan and the United States, a superpower rival to China for the past five decades, have been treaty allies since 1951. The two sides will “consolidate or update” their alliance to “repel a Chinese incursion”, predicted Yang.

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