Date
26 September 2017
A Chinese SU-27 fighter flies over the East China Sea. Japan’s parliament has passed a resolution against Beijing’s military activities in the area. Photo: Reuters
A Chinese SU-27 fighter flies over the East China Sea. Japan’s parliament has passed a resolution against Beijing’s military activities in the area. Photo: Reuters

Beijing slams Japan for talking up ‘China threat’

Beijing has criticized a move by the Japan’s lower house of parliament to pass a resolution in protest against Chinese aircraft flying over the East China Sea.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in a regular press briefing Thursday that it was highly irresponsible for the Japanese legislature to use the incident to hype up the “China threat” and defame China.

Two Japanese airplanes intruded into the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone on May 24 to scout and interfere with China-Russia naval drills, according to a statement issued by the Chinese Defense Ministry last week.

China has evidence that Japanese warplanes disrupted Chinese military jets’ normal flight routines, the ministry said.

China has already stated its position on the incident, said Hong, adding that the decision of Japan’s parliament will mislead the public, exacerbate tensions and undermine bilateral ties.

“We urge the Japanese side to respect facts, self-reflect and cease provocations,” Hong said, calling on Tokyo to make concrete efforts to improve bilateral relations.

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