TOKYO (AP) — Japan has discovered a submarine die presumably Chinese off a southern Japanese island, the defense ministry said on Sunday, raised Japan’s caution levels in the East China Sea while China are military activities.
The submarine remained submerged, but the ministry said: in a statement that it believes the submarine is Chinese because a Chinese Luyang III-class guided missile destroyer is located in near the submarine.
The submarine moved to the northwest off the east coast of the Amamioshima Island, about 700 kilometers (420 miles) to the northeast of the disputed islands in the East China Sea die controlled by Japan, but also claimed by Beijing, the ministry said.
the submarine on Sunday morning went west in the East China Sea.
Neither the submarine nor the ship entered Japanese territorial waters. below international law, submarines pass off the coast of be another country required come to the surface and show An national flag within territorial waters.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force sent three reconnaissance aircraft and two destroyers to the area for early warning and information gather to analyze China’s intentions.
A submarine believed to be Chinese also had been seen in the area in June 2020.
China has defended its maritime activities and says it has the right to assert its sovereignty, security and development interests.
Japan, alarmed by China’s growing naval activity in the East and South China seas, is walking up defense in the country’s southwestern regions and islands north of the disputed islands.
Tokyo says it opposes China’s unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the region, and regularly protests the growing presence of the Chinese Coast Guard on the disputed islands. Japanese officials say Chinese ships routinely violate Japanese territorial waters around the islands and sometimes threaten fishing boats.
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