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."