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China accuses Japan of 'dangerous provocation' at sea

Published on Nov 1, 2013 2:01 PM
 
This file picture taken on Aug 20, 2013 shows a Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces vehicle being unloaded from a CH47J transport helicopter during an annual live fire exercise at the Higashi-Fuji firing range in Gotemba, at the foot of Mt. Fuji in Shizuoka prefecture.  Beijing's military accused Tokyo of a "highly dangerous provocation" by interfering in Chinese live-fire drills in the Pacific last week, warning that Japanese lives could be at stake, state media reported. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing's military accused Tokyo of a "highly dangerous provocation" by interfering in Chinese live-fire drills in the Pacific last week, warning that Japanese lives could be at stake, state media reported.

Japanese ships and aircraft tailed Chinese navy vessels conducting the exercise in the western Pacific ocean, the defence ministry said, according to reports on Friday.

"The actions of the Japanese ships and planes not only interfered with our normal exercises but also endangered the safe navigation of Chinese ships and planes, and might lead to misjudgment and accidental injuries," the state-run China Daily quoted defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun as saying.

Yang made the comments at the defence ministry's monthly press briefing, which foreign media are barred from attending.

 
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