Payam Javan: The defense ministry said on Sunday that it has detected what it thinks to be a Chinese submarine off the coast of a southern Japanese island, raising Japan’s alert levels in the East China Sea as China’s communist regime ramps up its military actions.
The submarine remained underwater, but the ministry stated that it believes the submarine is Chinese due to the presence of a Chinese Luyang III-class guided-missile destroyer near it.
According to the ministry, the submarine moved northwest off the eastern shore of Amami Ōshima Island, roughly 420 miles northeast of the disputed East China Sea islands controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing.
Both the submarine and ship did not enter Japanese territorial waters. Submarines passing off the coast of another country are obligated by international law to surface and show a national flag within territorial waters.
Three reconnaissance aircraft and two destroyers from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force were dispatched to the area for early warning and information gathering in order to determine China’s intentions.
A submarine believed to be Chinese also was spotted in the area in June 2020. The Chinese regime has defended its maritime activities, claiming the right to protect its sovereignty, security, and financial interests.
Japan has stepped up security in the country’s southwestern regions and islands north of the disputed islands, alarmed by China’s rising naval actions in the East and South China seas. Tokyo says it opposes Beijing’s unilateral attempts to alter the region’s status quo, and it protests the Chinese coast guard’s increased presence near the disputed islands frequently. Chinese vessels often breach Japanese territorial waters near the islands, according to Japanese officials, sometimes threatening fishing boats.