Japan accuses Chinese warship of using weapons radar on Japanese patrol ship, helicopter – The Washington Post


Japan on Tuesday accused Chinese navy vessels of locking a weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese destroyer and helicopter amid escalating territorial disputes between the Asian powers.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera accused Chinese navy vessels of using the weapons radar in two incidents last month, on Jan. 19 and Jan. 30. He said it happened in the East China Sea, suggesting it was near disputed islands controlled by Japan but also claimed by China. He did not give an exact location.

Onodera said the action could have led to a dangerous situation. Shots were not fired on either occasion.

via Japan accuses Chinese warship of using weapons radar on Japanese patrol ship, helicopter – The Washington Post.

Locking up a ship or aircraft with fire control radar is generally considered a hostile act, and has often been sufficient to allow armed retaliation.

Both sides are carefully ratcheting up the tension, but someone is going to make an error of judgment, and shots are going to be fired.

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6 responses to “Japan accuses Chinese warship of using weapons radar on Japanese patrol ship, helicopter – The Washington Post

  1. firecapt

    “This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it.”

  2. Hmm. Last time we were cheering on the Chinese while helping defend themselves against Imperialist Japanese aggression.
    Now we’re allied with Japan against hegemonic Chinese aggression. Go figure.
    Best analysis I’ve read yet is that China is practicing a “two steps forward, one step back” approach where they get what they want by actions just short of war.

  3. Paul L. Quandt

    I’m really getting tired of living in interesting times. Couldn’t we just have a few boring decades? Not that I can think of such a period to point to.

    Paul