TOKYO (Reuters)-A group of 10 naval ships from China and Russia pass through a strait die Japan separate main island and the north island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese government said, adding that it closely monitors such activities in keeps an eye on.
It was the first time Japan confirmed the passage of Chinese and Russian naval ships sail together through the Tsugaru Strait, die the sea separates of Japan from the Pacific Ocean.
While the strait is considered to be: international waters, the tires of Japan with China has long been plagued by conflicting claims over An group of small islands in the East China Sea. Tokyo has a territorial dispute with Moscow too.
“The government closely monitors the activities of Chinese and Russian naval vessels around Japan like this one with great interest,” said Deputy Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki regular news conference on Tuesday.
“We will do our utmost best keep doing” in our surveillance activity in waters and airspace around Japan.”
A spokesman for the Japanese Ministry of Defense said there had been no violation of Japanese territorial waters and no international rules were broken by the passage of the ships.
Russia and China held joint naval exercises in the sea of Japan as part of maritime cooperation between the two countries from 14-17 October met warships and support ships of the Russian Pacific Fleet.
Moscow and Beijing have grown closer military and diplomatic ties in In recent years in a time when their relationships with the West has soured.
(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Richard Pullin)
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