China voices dissatisfaction over Tokyo’s marine research in East China Sea

China on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction over Japan’s unilateral marine research in disputed areas of the East China Sea.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular news briefing.

On Tuesday, a Chinese vessel radioed the Japanese Coast Guard ship Takuyo and called on it to stop its activities in disputed areas of the East China Sea.

It is reported that the Japanese government spokesman, Osamu Fujimura, said Wednesday that the marine research was conducted in the country’s exclusive economic zone and Japan had protested China’s recent call through the official channels.

“China’s stance on the East China Sea is clear and consistent,” said Hong, who noted that China had expressed dissatisfaction over Japan’s unilateral marine research in disputed areas of the East China Sea, in disregard of China’s opposition.

He said China had requested the Japanese side to stop relevant activities and avoid damaging China’s right and interests, in a bid to safeguard the stability of the East China Sea and the overall relations between the two countries.

Xinhua