Japan protests to China after radar pointed at vessel

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    Japan protests to China after radar pointed at vessel
    A Chinese fishing boat is pursued by a Japan Coast Guard vessel in waters northeast of Miyako IslandTOKYO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A Chinese vessel pointed a type of radar normally used to help guide missiles at a Japanese navy ship near disputed East China Sea islets, prompting the Japanese government to lodge a protest with China, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said on Tuesday.

    The incident happened on Jan. 30, the defence minister later said.

    A long-simmering row over the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, has in recent months escalated to the point where both have scrambled fighter jets while patrol ships shadow each other in nearby seas.

    Concern that the increasing cat-and-mouse encounters between aircraft or ships will cause an accidental clash are giving impetus to efforts to dial down tension, including a possible leaders' summit.

    But while hopes have emerged of a thaw in the chill that began when Japan bought the islands from a private citizen last September, deep mistrust and pumped up nationalism complicated by bitter Chinese memories of Japan's wartime aggression mean any rapprochement would likely be fragile. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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    A Chinese fishing boat is pursued by a Japan Coast Guard vessel in waters northeast of Miyako IslandTOKYO, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A Chinese vessel pointed a type of radar normally used to help guide missiles at a Japanese navy ship near disputed East China Sea islets, prompting the Japanese government to lodge a protest with China, Japanese public broadcaster NHK said on Tuesday.

    The incident happened on Jan. 30, the defence minister later said.

    A long-simmering row over the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, has in recent months escalated to the point where both have scrambled fighter jets while patrol ships shadow each other in nearby seas.

    Concern that the increasing cat-and-mouse encounters between aircraft or ships will cause an accidental clash are giving impetus to efforts to dial down tension, including a possible leaders' summit.

    But while hopes have emerged of a thaw in the chill that began when Japan bought the islands from a private citizen last September, deep mistrust and pumped up nationalism complicated by bitter Chinese memories of Japan's wartime aggression mean any rapprochement would likely be fragile. (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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  3. fzaq

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    china is escalating the tension
     
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    Since when do fishing trawlers carry ASMs?
     
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    Article does not specify it was the fishing vessel that directed the radar at the Japanese CG vessel.

    Japanese CG may need anti-radiation missiles, though.
     
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    News from The Associated Press
     
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    The opening of the article suggested it was a fishing trawler?
     
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    The SHARENET article was ambiguous; the AP article identified the Chinese warships as being the source of the amissions.
     
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    keep playing the lock and accusing game. if they have 1% of courage as France does, they should be fighting now.
     
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    Pics of trawlers involved in the cat-and-mouse game

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    Above - Chinese
    Below - Japanese
     
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    Japanese have been constantly stalking PLAN ships, it is time to say enough is enough.
     
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    The incident makes me wonder what Rules of Engagement (ROE) are for these antagonists.

    This is an old movie on the subject from Cold War, worth seeing.

    The Bedford Incident (1965) - IMDb
     
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    A Chinese fishing boat is pursued by a Japan Coast Guard vessel in disputed waters. A PLAN vessel shows up targeting the Japanese vessel with a type of radar normally used to help guide missiles.

    That does not describe a stalking scenario. In fact it is an ambush scenario on the part of PLAN. I believe there were comms between the Chinese fishing boat and PLAN long before confrontation.
     
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    Japanese version of story is full of loopholes, PLAN targetted a Japanese naval ship, while the report said something Japan Coast Guard ships pursuing Chinese fishing ships.

    If it was coast guard, how come Japanese navy got involved?

    The incident happened in international waters, Japanese naval ship took dangerous actions against PLAN ships such as blocking PLAN's route, forced PLAN to send warning signal.
     
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    If it was Chinese fishing vessel, how come PLAN got involved?

    Oooh, I know! It's called escalation.
     
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    Ah, the limit of Chinese power...
     
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    Who said it was Chinese fishing boat? Japanese did, that is part of the story told by Japanese.
     
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    Guy, do you really think it is wise to provoke Japanese AEGIS ships into combat? That would be a rather embarrassing day for PLAN.
     
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    To provoke them must be a stupid move, but to retaliate them after being provoked is the right move.
     
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