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Japan defense chief mulled aerial inspection of isles claimed by China

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Japanese Defense Minister Taro Kono mulled an aerial inspection this month of isles provided by Tokyo in the East China Sea that are claimed by Beijing, however he went down the suggestion to stay clear of prompting China, an elderly ministry authorities stated Wednesday.

No Japanese defense preacher has actually ever before performed an aerial inspection of the Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu by China.

File picture absorbed September 2012 reveals the Japan-regulated Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Taiwan and also China declare the unoccupied islands as their very own. (Kyodo)

Kono had actually thought about carrying out the aerial inspection of the spontaneous islands to evaluate just how Japan’s Self-Defense Forces would certainly react to a touchdown by an armed team, the authorities stated.

The inspection was thought about when Kono saw the Ground Self-Defense Force’s missile batteries on Miyako and also Yonaguni islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southerly Japan, on Aug. 8 and also 9, the authorities stated.

Tensions over the islands have actually been expanding, with Chinese vessels found near them for 111 successive days with this month, the lengthiest touch because Japan purchased the islands from an exclusive proprietor and also placed them under state control in 2012.

In a conference with Chinese Ambassador to Japan Kong Xuanyou on Aug. 18, Kono revealed issue over China’s raised tasks near the islands and also Japanese airspace, asking for that it reveal restriction, according to the Japanese Defense Ministry.

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