Japan Says China Pointed Military Radar at Its Destroyer

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Japan has accused a Chinese warship of pointing missile radars at its military targets. This takes the already tense feud between the two Asian powers to another level.

Japan's Defense Minister, Itsunori Onodera, lodged a formal complaint today (February 5). He said the Chinese fleet carrying out naval drills in the East China Sea made aggressive moves near the disputed Senkaku, or Diaoyu Islands.

The incident occurred on January 30. The Chinese regime has been conducting training drills it asserts are part of normal training. But, Japan says a Chinese navy frigate directed its fire-control radar at a Japanese destroyer.

Onodera also spoke of a similar, previously undisclosed incident. On January 19th, a Chinese frigate also targeted a Japanese military helicopter. In both incidents, the Chinese aggressor eventually turned off the radar without firing.

Tensions between the two nations have been building since the Japanese government purchased the islands from their private Japanese owner. Last month, the Chinese military received an official directive to being preparing for war.

Although no military clash has happened, both sides have scrambled fighter jets and fears are growing that an armed conflict could accidentally, or intentionally, get sparked.

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