The Chinese government has warned Japan of “firm actions” if Japan will militarily interfere on the West Philippine Sea issue. This is after report regarding Japan’s plan to send its carrier JS Izumo (DDH-183), classified as helicopter destroyer, to the highly contested waters prior to joining the Exercise Malabar in Indian Ocean.
The Japanese warship is reportedly making stops in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka during its three-month mission which is expected to begin in May.
“Out of its selfish interests, Japan has been stirring up troubles and creating splits in the South China Sea. Their behavior has prompted dissatisfaction and opposition of the Chinese people,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said during March 16 press conference.
“If the Japanese side insists on doing so, or even attempts to get militarily involved in the South China Sea, harm China’s sovereignty and security, and heighten regional tensions, the Chinese side will definitely take firm actions in response,” the Chinese spokesperson said.
She also said Japan is not a party concerned in the South China Sea issue. She added that Japan has “a disgraceful history of occupying” Spratly and Paracel Islands “during its war of aggression against China.”
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