China Denies Japan's Radar Charge

    In this photo released by Japan Coast Guard 11th Regional Headquarters, Japan Coast Guard patrol boats approach a Chinese fishing boat, left, off the northeastern coast of Miyako island, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) southwest of the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. Coast Guard officials said they arrested the Chinese captain of the 100-ton boat earlier Saturday for suspected illegal fishing inside Japanese exclusive economic waters.(AP Photo/Japan Coast Guard 11th Regional Headquarters) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan Coast Guard 11th Regional Headquarters, via AP

    China’s Ministry of National Defense denied accusations that one of its Navy vessels had put a radar lock on a Japanese warship—dismissing the Japanese charge as “false information” and “hyped up.” Tensions have been high between the two countries over the past few months, as China decided to send its own military vessels to patrol the waters surrounding a group of disputed islands officially administered by Japan. Still, though there have been maritime standoffs, the Chinese defense ministry insists its Navy vessel radar has maintained “normal operations” and also denies accusations that it put a radar lock on a Japanese helicopter last month. “Japan unilaterally released false information to the public without confirming the facts with China,” said the ministry.

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