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Japan reiterates protest against Chinese warship’s transit of waters near Senkakus

  • June 13, 2016
  • , Nikkei evening edition , p. 3
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By Oki Nagai in Beijing


On the night of June 12, Koichi Ito, a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, called on Xiao Qian, director general of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and lodged a protest over the passage of a Chinese warship through the contiguous zone surrounding the Senkaku Islands. Ito expressed “serious concern” and strongly called on Xiao to prevent similar incidents, saying, “Japan cannot in any way accept China’s assertions and actions.” A Chinese warship traversed waters near the Senkakus early on the morning of June 9. Although Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Akitaka Saiki had already lodged a protest with Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua, Ito reiterated Japan’s view on the issue.

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