China warns ‘firm response’ if Japan attacks its ships

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
By Paul Martin

Beijing says if Tokyo takes provocative action on Senkaku islands issue, China will make firm response

K.J.M. Varma
LiveMint.com
MON, JAN 13 2014

Beijing: Tension between China and Japan over the disputed islands in the East China Sea escalated as Beijing on Monday warned of “firm response” if Tokyo resorted to any provocative action against Chinese ships patrolling there.

“We urge Japan not to look down on Chinese government determination and resolve in defending China’s territorial sovereignty,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing. Hua was responding to questions on Japanese defence ministry’s reported remarks to use force against Chinese patrolling ships.

“If Japan takes further provocative action on the islands issue China will make firm response and Japanese side should be responsible for all the consequences arising there from,” Hua said.

Official media here quoted Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera as telling the media on Sunday that “We can never overlook repeated incursions into territorial waters.”

China and Japan are at loggerheads over the islands called Senkakus by Japan and Diaoyus by China, located in the East China Sea. The area, which till 2012 was controlled by Japan is believed to be rich with minerals and oil.

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