Japan may release data proving Chinese radar incident: media

TOKYO Fri Feb 8, 2013 10:09pm EST

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) arrives at his official residence for attending an advisory panel on restructuring legal infrastructure of security guarantees in Tokyo February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) arrives at his official residence for attending an advisory panel on restructuring legal infrastructure of security guarantees in Tokyo February 8, 2013.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan may release data it says will prove a Chinese naval vessel directed its fire control radar at a Japanese destroyer near disputed islands in the East China Sea, local media reported.

Japan has said a Chinese frigate on January 30 locked its targeting radar on a Japanese destroyer - a step that usually precedes the firing of weapons - but China insists that its vessel used only ordinary surveillance radar.

The incident has added to tensions between the two nations over the disputed islands.

Japan will consider how much normally classified data it can release, the media reports said, citing comments by Japan Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera on local television.

"The government is considering the extent of what can be disclosed," Kyodo news agency quoted Onodera as saying.

China has accused Japan of smearing its name with the accusations, and on Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency continued the war of words.

"By spreading false accusations and posing as a poor victim, Japan had intended to tarnish China's image so as to gain sympathy and support, but a lie does not help," it said in an English language commentary.

"China has been exercising maximum restraint and stayed committed to solving the dispute through dialogue and consultation."

Japan and China have been involved in a series of incidents in recent months in the East China Sea where Chinese and Japanese naval vessels regularly shadow each others movements.

Both countries claim a small clusters of islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan, believed to be rich in oil and gas. Controlled by Japan, possession of the uninhabited outcrops and the sea surrounding them would provide China with easier access to the Pacific.

Hopes had been rising for an easing in tensions, including a possible summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping. But the radar issue has seen China and Japan engage in a fresh round of invective.

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday said Japan's complaints did not "match the facts". The Chinese ship's radar, it said, had maintained regular alerting and surveillance operations and the ship "did not use fire control radar".

Japan's position against China has hardened since Abe led his conservative party to a landslide election victory in December, promising to beef up the military and stand tough in territorial disputes.

The commander of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific said the squabble between Japan and China underlined the need for rules to prevent such incidents turning into serious conflict.

China also has ongoing territorial disputes with other Asian nations including Vietnam and the Philippines over islands in the South China Sea.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Michael Perry)

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So I have to choose between Japan, which continues to defy a ban on killing endangered whales, or the hackers from China, who lie about everything. Hmmmmmm…..
I’m hoping for a war here!

Feb 08, 2013 10:26pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Rhino1 wrote:
@TPartyNutcases:

Not only do the Japanese continue to defy a ban on killing endangered whales, they also butcher hundreds of dolphins every year in the most cruel way imaginable. The thing is: the majority of Japanese don’t even know about what’s going on in Taichi every year. The movie “The Cove”, for instance, was more or less banned in Japan.

Not only do the Chinese hack into every computer they find worth their while and then deny it. They also still occupy Tibet and have started now to throw buddhist monks into jail who are suspected of burning themselves to make the world aware of their misery.

Both countries’ governments are despicable, but if you have a war, you only hurt the little people, who rarely have any say in what their governments are doing. The UN is needed here to step in. The consumers are needed to exercise their power. People have to stop and think.

A war only hits the innocent – CHILDREN (Women are not always innocent)

Feb 08, 2013 11:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
raysantana wrote:
I don’t understand why you would think that hunting and killing whales and dolphins is so horrible. It is a cultural tradition that you look down upon because it’s foreign. If you want to see something worse just look here in the US where we breed and raise cattle in horrible conditions for their meat. That’s not even the worse. Have you ever seen how hens are kept for their eggs. Thousand of them in one building are stacked in cages to the ceiling until they die just for eggs. These are all on mass scales too. So I don’t see how the Japanese are deplorable human beings for doing this.

Feb 09, 2013 12:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
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