China, Japan Trade Barbs in Island Fight
China denies using radar-lock on Japanese destroyer
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2013 10:14 AM CST
In this Oct. 14, 2012 photo, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) escort ship Kurama leads other vessels during a fleet review in waters off Sagami, south of Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

(Newser) – China is denying that one of its naval vessels put a radar lock on a Japanese warship in waters close to the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had claimed on Wednesday that a Chinese frigate used its radar to gather information on the Japanese destroyer last week—the kind of info one would need to fire at the ship, reports CNN. But Chinese defense officials today said that wasn't so, and noted that their ship's radar maintained "normal operations."

China also denied a claim from Japan that a Chinese vessel put a radar lock on a Japanese helicopter in January. "Japan unilaterally released false information to the public without confirming the facts with China," the ministry said. But Japanese officials maintained their story, saying they "cannot accept the Chinese explanation."

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Feb 9, 2013 4:16 PM CST
I thought Japan was not allowed to build a military after WWII. It was part of the unconditional surrender. I guess I missed something.
Feb 9, 2013 11:09 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Included Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou of Harvard University, I think the Nixon's '70s generation won't forget the Diaoyutai movement against Japan. Especially in Houston, Texas (University of Houston, Rice University, Texas A&M University, UT-Austin, ...) Now, we all are getting elder, we wish the mainlander Chinese and the young generation will QUIT driving a Toyota, Honda, ... purchase a GM, Ford, Chrysler or driving a German made. Sooner or later, Chinese Navy will fire a Sunburn SSN-22 or 24 to the Japanese "Sun", then China's new warm blood "5-4 Movement" will begin again .....
Feb 9, 2013 9:09 AM CST
Undemocratic governments (and many democratic ones) that feel besieged by internal threats to their power always respond with some kind of external saber-rattling. So long as we hear about this kind of thing we will know that the Chinese government feels insecure in its power and legitimacy.