China said on Tuesday, March 15 that it is awaiting official word from Tokyo as to why they’re sending the 24,000-ton warship through the hotly disputed waters. © REUTERS / Kim Kyung-HoonA helicopter lands on the Izumo, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) helicopter carrier, at JMSDF Yokosuka base in Yokosuka Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing hasn’t been told the purpose of the trip and said they will only have objections if the boat doesn’t pass through the waters “normally.” “We have not yet heard what Japan says officially,” she told a daily news briefing on Tuesday. “If it’s only a normal visit, going to several countries, and passing normally through the South China Sea, then we’ve got no objections, and we hope this kind of normal exchange between relevant countries can play a role promoting regional peace and stability. “But if going to the South China Sea has different intentions, then that’s a different matter.” The Izumo helicopter carrier is set to hold joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean, with ships from the navies of the US and India, a Japanese military spokesman said on Monday, March 13. © AFP 2020 / JUNG Yeon-JeUS, South Korea, Japan Launch Joint Military Drills Amid DPRK’s Missile Tests The ship, which was commissioned just two years… Read full this story
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