Chinese spy ship spotted in Japanese waters
YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — A Chinese intelligence ship entered Japanese territorial waters Wednesday morning, one day after the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet commander reportedly discussed tensions in the East China Sea with Japanese officials.
The Chinese Dong Diao-class intelligence ship spotted near Kuchinoerabu Island, in southern Japan, is believed to have been monitoring the annual Malabar exercise, a trilateral sea drill including the United States, Japan and India, a Japan Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.
The Chinese vessel “followed Indian ships that were participating in this training and traveling in Japanese waters,” Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said, according to a ministry spokesman.
The Chinese ship also observed the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, a Japanese official told Reuters, though it was unclear whether that observation occurred in international waters.
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