Chinese, Russian naval vessels jointly sail through Japan strait

Chinese, Russian naval vessels jointly sail through Japan strait

A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan’s main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese Government said, adding it was closely watching such activities. - File photo

TOKYO, October 19

A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan’s main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese Government said, adding it was closely watching such activities.

It was the first time Japan has confirmed the passage of Chinese and Russian naval vessels sailing together through the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the Sea of Japan from the Pacific.

While the strait is regarded as international waters, Japan’s ties with China have long been plagued by conflicting claims over a group of tiny East China Sea islets. Tokyo has a territorial dispute with Moscow as well.

“The government is closely watching Chinese and Russian naval vessels’ activities around Japan like this one with high interest,” Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki told a regular news conference on Tuesday.

A Japanese Defence Ministry spokesperson said there had been no violation of Japanese territorial waters and no international rules were violated by the passage of the vessels. — Reuters

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Territorial disputes

  • While the strait is regarded as international waters, Japan’s ties with China have long been plagued by conflicting claims over a group of tiny East China Sea islets. Tokyo has a territorial dispute with Moscow as well.
  • Russia and China held drills in the Sea of Japan between October 14 and 17

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