Sea 'incursions' test thaw in Japan-China ties
The unprecedented presence of an advanced Chinese nuclear stealth submarine in the waters near islets contested by Japan and China in the East China Sea has jeopardised tentative moves to improve bilateral ties.
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera yesterday slammed the Chinese action as one that "unilaterally raises tensions". Beijing, however, said the sub last Thursday was simply tracking and monitoring two Japanese naval ships passing through the area.
The Chinese submarine has been identified as a new Shang-class vessel that is 110m long, with a displacement of 6,100 tons. It can be equipped with torpedoes and cruise missiles that have a longer range than the ones found on conventional submarines.
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