Japan criticizes China over presence of nuclear sub in Tokyo-controlled waters

The Japanese Defense Ministry on Monday criticized the Chinese government for sending an advanced, stealthy, nuclear submarine into waters controlled and managed by Tokyo.

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters that the vessel was detected in the East China Sea and was a Shang-class vessel. It is capable of deeper dives that older Chinese subs and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.

“Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules,” said Onodera.

China often sends surface combatants into the same waters. However, Japanese officials view the presence of an advanced submarine much more seriously. Tokyo believes Beijing is attempting to exert control over access to the western Pacific as it seeks dominance in the South China Sea. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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