Published on Sep 29, 2016
Beijing issues a stern warning to Tokyo after Japan announced that it may patrol alongside the US in the South China Sea region. China’s Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun warned that any Japanese involvement in joint patrol or joint exercises in waters administered by China, will be just like playing with fire. The spokesman noted that China will not stand idly in case THAT happens. The warning followed Tokyo’s announcement this month that it would increase its engagement in the South China Sea through joint training with the US Navy, exercises with regional navies and capacity-building assistance to coastal nations. Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost all of the South China Sea, dismissing partial claims by its Southeast Asian neighbors. It rejects any intervention by Japan in the waterway as well.