This photo released by Japan's foreign ministry shows the Chinese offshore gas platform that Japan says has a radar facility. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Reuters: Japan protests over China's radar unit near disputed waters
Japan has filed a protest to Beijing after the discovery that China installed radar equipment in a gas exploration platform close to disputed waters in the East China Sea, a Japanese foreign ministry spokesman said on Sunday.
Japan fears that the radar, a type commonly found on patrol ships and not necessary for gas field development, could be a sign that China intends to use gas exploration platforms in the disputed waters as military stations, Japanese media said.
According to the spokesman, Japan discovered the radar in late June and issued a protest on Friday through its embassy in China, urging Beijing to explain the purpose.
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