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CCS Suga blasts China on fighter deployment on Paracels

  • 2016-02-25 15:00:00
  • , Mainichi
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(Mainichi: February 25, 2016 – p. 5)


 Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga commented on U.S. media reports that China deployed fighters on the Xisha (Paracel) Islands in the South China Sea at a news conference on Feb. 24. He criticized China by stating: “We are seriously concerned by China’s attempts to make this a fait accompli.”


 He also criticized China’s efforts to build military bases in the South China Sea by deploying machine guns and missiles, asserting that “attempts to change the status quo unilaterally that will heighten tensions are unacceptable.” He indicated that Japan will cooperate with the concerned countries, noting “it is important for the international community to work together to safeguard freedom of navigation and overflight.”

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