China warship off disputed islands

China warship off disputed islands
Disputed islands called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea. (Kyodo News via AP)
Updated 10 June 2016

China warship off disputed islands

China warship off disputed islands

TOKYO: Japan summoned China’s ambassador to deliver a protest Thursday after spotting a Chinese warship for the first time near disputed islands in the East China Sea.
Japanese officials said a Chinese Navy frigate was seen off the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, also claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyu islands. The ship did not violate Japan’s territorial waters, and has since left the area. While Chinese coast guard vessels routinely patrol the area, it was the first time a Chinese warship was spotted, officials said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki summoned Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua to the ministry to deliver the protest.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also criticized Beijing for escalating regional tensions.
“Japan is extremely concerned about the action that unilaterally escalates tension in the area,” Suga said. The territorial dispute often harms bilateral relations, already troubled by the two countries’ wartime history.
Japan’s Foreign Ministry and coast guard say Chinese coast guard ships have been in and out of a narrow strip just outside Japanese waters almost every day since Japan nationalized the islands in 2012, and have violated Japan’s territorial waters a few times every month.
In December, an armed Chinese coast guard vessel was spotted for the first time in the area. Japan is also investigating the presence of three Russian warships in the area at about the same time. Suga said officials are analyzing whether the two incidents were coordinated. Defense Minister Gen Nakatani, in Singapore to attend an annual international security conference, told public NHK television that Beijing’s dispatch of a naval ship may just be its way of stressing its resolve over its territorial claims amid widening international concern over its activities in the South China Sea.


Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint

Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint
Updated 15 min 4 sec ago

Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint

Heavily armed man arrested at Washington security checkpoint
  • Washington is under a high state of alert ahead of Biden’s Wednesday inauguration
  • Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists pose a threat to Washington

WASHINGTON: A heavily armed man has been arrested in Washington at a security checkpoint near the US Capitol, where President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated next week, authorities said.
Wesley Allen Beeler, of Virginia, was taken into custody after police found him with a handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, according to a police report obtained by AFP.
He had tried to pass through the checkpoint using fake inaugural credentials, CNN reported, citing a law enforcement source.
Washington is under a high state of alert ahead of Biden’s Wednesday inauguration, after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6.
Five people died in the assault, including a police officer.
Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week.
Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers.
The National Mall, which is normally packed with people every four years for presidential inaugurations, has been declared off-limits at the request of the Secret Service, which ensures the security of the president.