Protest Regarding the Issue of Proximate Flights by Military Helicopters Near the Escort Ship “Asayuki” by the People’s Republic of China

April 21, 2010
Japanese

  1. On April 21 (Wed), it was confirmed that a military helicopter from the Chinese destroyer was making proximate flights near the escort ship “Asayuki” for approximately from 3:37 p.m. to 3:40p.m.

  2. These flights were at a very close distance, and pose a danger towards the safe operation of the escort ship. In addition, a similar incident happened on April 8. Immediately after the incident, a protest was sent from the Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau to the Minister of the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo in consideration of these factors. A protest was also sent from the Director of the China and Mongolia Division to the Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.
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