Japan could start using self-defense force in response to Chinese intrusion around the disputed islands.
Top government spokesperson Yoshihide Suga explained the Cabinet approved the objective in May last year, saying foreign naval passage into Japanese seas would trigger seaborne policing action.
Suga said it stated its warnings against China through diplomatic channels last November when Chinese intelligence navy vessels repeatedly entered the seas surrounding Senkaku Islands.
The announcement came just days after Japan held its annual defense drill amid the ongoing tension between Japan and China on territorial disputes in the East China Sea and the crisis in the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang’s nuclear test.
Source: ABS CBN News