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Japan protests to China after radar pointed at vessel

Published on Feb 6, 2013 6:04 AM
 
This handout picture taken by the Japan Coast Guard on Feb 4, 2013 shows a Chinese marine surveillance ship (left) alongside a Japan Coast Guard ship near the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - A Chinese navy vessel aimed a type of radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship in the East China Sea, prompting Japan to protest, Japan's defence minister said on Tuesday, an action that could complicate efforts to cool tension in a territorial row between the rivals.

"Projecting fire control radar is very unusual," Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters of the incident, which he said occurred on Jan 30 but took time to confirm.

"One mistake, and the situation would become very dangerous."

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, however, told Mr Onodera it was important to respond calmly and not meet provocation with provocation, Kyodo news agency reported.

 
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