Japan calls for peace in her relations with China over Senkaku Islands

The Government of Japan said on Monday that it has adopted a diplomatic broad based approach to deal with the current situation between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands.

“Japan is ready to maintain close communications with China in an effort to ease tensions,” a statement issued by the Press Section of the Japanese Embassy in Accra and copied to the Ghana News Agency stated.

The statement said: “On December 13, China committed a further dangerous act when a Chinese State Oceanic Administration aircraft intruded Japan’s airspace by flying over the Senkaku Islands.

“This is the first intrusion of this kind, and is a dangerous behaviour that increases the possibility of a contingency that escalates the current situation,” the statement said.

It said, based on International law, every state has complete and exclusive sovereignty over the airspace above its territory and China’s intrusion of Japan’s airspace constitutes an unlawful act.

The statement said China had chosen to challenge the status quo concerning the Senkaku Islands, which was not based on international law but by coercion.

According to the statement, Chinese provocative actions in the waters near the Senkaku Islands had become conspicuously intense with the intention of toppling the status quo concerning Japan’s valid control, by use of coercion which was clear and thorough.

“If China further escalates the current situation, Japan will have no choice to but consider its future response with adequate readiness accordingly.

“Japan is deeply concerned that the environment for continued communications between diplomatic authorities in the two countries could be harmed.

“Japan strongly hopes China will prove its diplomacy of ‘peacefully dealing with issues’ by its own actions”, the statement added. GNA

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