Japan Not Disclosing Evidence of China Radar Target-lock

The government will not disclose its evidence of China’s recent locking of weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese warship because doing so would tip its hand on intelligence operations, official sources said Monday.

The Liberal Democratic Party-led government had considered disclosure after Beijing denied Japan’s accusations that a Chinese frigate aimed its weapons radar at a Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer on Jan. 30 near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea at the heart of a bilateral dispute.

Disclosure poses “great risk in terms of defense as it would mean that Chinese military authorities would be looking at the MSDF’s secrets concerning information-gathering operations,” a senior Defense Ministry official said.

A government source also said such disclosure would “difficult” as the evidence data touch on the “subtleties” of Japanese security.

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U.S. Agrees: Chinese frigates locked their weapons radar on MSDF units

Washington has sided with Tokyo in the war of words over allegations that Chinese frigates locked their weapons-guiding radar on Japanese targets near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

The U.S. said Monday it has accepted Japan’s explanation and dismissed Beijing’s claim that the government fabricated the story to tarnish China’s image and intentionally raise the tension over the disputed islets.

“We were briefed by our Japanese allies on the incident and we’ve satisfied ourselves that it does appear to have happened,” Victoria Nuland, spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said during her daily briefing Monday in Washington.

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