Chinese Ministry of National Defense spokesman Geng Yansheng said in a statement issued on Saturday, “If
The official warned Tokyo not to underestimate China’s firm will and determination to protect its interests and
“Japan’s belligerent rhetoric is deliberately provocative. Normal training and flights of China’s military planes
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that Tokyo is ready to be more assertive towards China.
Reports indicated that Abe has also approved a move to shoot down Chinese drones if they fly over Japan’s
China has long been engaged in a dispute with Japan over the sovereignty of a group of uninhabited islands in
Last month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing is ready to hold talks with Japan over the maritime row.
Tokyo signed a deal on September 11, 2012 to buy three of the islands from their private Japanese owner in line
China maintains that the islands are an inherent part of its territory and it has indisputable sovereignty over them.
The islands have been under Japanese administrative control since the reversion of Okinawa to Japan from US
Potentially large deposits of natural gas off the islands are believed to be the source of the territorial dispute