China Defends Ship Sailing near Japan
People's Daily Online
(CRI Online) 08:35, June 16, 2016
Chinese authorities have responded to the concerns from the Japanese government over a Chinese warship in waters off Japan's southwestern coast.
Tokyo officials said a Chinese ship entered Japanese waters near Kagoshima on Wednesday.
The Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement that a Chinese naval vessel sailed through Japan's Tokara Strait.
But it noted the strait is a territorial strait used for international navigation and it is in accordance with the freedom of navigation principle of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea for Chinese warships to sail through the strait.
The area is part of a Japanese island chain that divides the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and is not subject to the territorial dispute between China and Japan.
International laws allow ships of all states to exercise the right of innocent passage through the region.
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