Japan finds Chinese military peir for warships on disputed islet
Aug 20, Tokyo: Japan claims to have found a vanguard built by China on an islet off the port city of Wenzhou, on Saturday.
The Japanese media has called the development a boost of Beijing’s claims on the Tokyo-administered Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands and disputed waters around them.
The new 80-meter-long installation, already dubbed the “pier for warships” by the Japanese media, was allegedly erected on Nanji Island, one of 52 islands in the Nanji chain that are part of China's Zhejiang Province, Kyodo news reports.
Ealier reports of China’s military reportedly building a large military base with complex radar installations in the Nanji chain which lie some 300 kilometers (190 miles) from the islet chain at the center of a territorial row with Japan had been doing rounds in the grapevine.
In addition to the pier, the islands are said to already possess an advanced radar system and a heliport, with plans underway to construct a runway for military use.
The dispute over the East China Sea islets – known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China – remains high. Encounters between ships and planes from the two countries have raised the potential for a confrontation. Earlier this week, the Japanese Coast Guard released a video showing hundreds of Chinese ships allegedly breaching the territory of the disputed waters.
The Oslo Times/Agencies