Trespassing Chinese sub shakes neighborly ties: MAC
By Jane Rickards The China Post
The island's top China policy maker Joseph Wu yesterday said reports of a suspected Chinese nuclear submarine entering Japanese waters were not good for China's ties with its neighbors.
"This is not conducive to good relations between China and other countries in the region," Wu, chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council said.
Wu told a briefing of Taiwan's foreign correspondents that it was not the first time Chinese submarines had entered Japan's waters but this time Japanese officials had chosen to expose the incident to the press.
This was a sign the Japanese authorities were concerned with China's expanding military power, Wu said.
"The Japanese government had the full story in the press this time... this signifies how Japanese institutions read the Chinese government," Wu said.
The unidentified submarine entered Japanese waters Wednesday near islands disputed with China southwest of Okinawa, according to wire reports.
The Kyodo News Agency quoted unnamed defense sources as saying the vessel was a nuclear submarine from China. But Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosada would not confirm this, saying there was not enough conclusive evidence to determine the identity of the submarine.
Wu said China was trying to portray an image that its national development or "peaceful rising" was not a threat to other countries.
"I think people do not have any problems with the peaceful rising of China," Wu said.
"But if China continues to rise militarily... if subs keep coming in... the Japanese will feel that China is an expansionist power," Wu said.
Wu said he thought both Japan and Taiwan needed to establish a military code of conduct with their neighboring Communist giant to prevent accidental military conflicts from breaking out.
"(China and Japan's) two militaries are getting closer and closer.
"If there is an accident, it is not good for anyone," he said.
Lawmakers question delayed response to sub
By NAO SHIMOYACHI
Ruling bloc and opposition lawmakers Thursday criticized the government's slow response to a mystery submarine that intruded into Japan's territorial waters the previous day.
The government denied there was any problem and said it had followed standard procedures.
"The Defense Agency chief can issue the order for a Maritime Security Operation (by the Maritime Self-Defense Force) with the prime minister's approval alone," said Norihiko Akagi, a Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker. "Why couldn't you act more quickly?"
Akagi, a former vice defense chief, was speaking at a House of Representatives committee on national security.
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