Japan has accused the Chinese navy of aiming weapons at a Japanese warship in a “dangerous” escalation of the Sino-Japanese dispute over the Senkaku Islands.
This is extremely abnormal behaviour,” Itsunori Onodera, Japan’s defence minister said on Tuesday. “A small mistake could have led to a very dangerous situation.”
Mr Onodera said a Chinese frigate locked its fire-control radar on to a Japanese destroyer on January 30 – a move military commanders consider threatening since the device is used to calculate the firing range of missiles or artillery. He added that two weeks earlier, a Chinese ship had targeted a Japanese helicopter in the same way.