Japan’s Rivalry With China Is Stirring a Crowded Sea – Norimitsu Onishi and Howard French

From The New York Times:

In a muscular display of its rising military and economic might, China deployed a fleet of five warships on Friday near a gas field in the East China Sea, a potentially resource-rich area that is disputed by China and Japan. The ships, including a guided-missile destroyer, were spotted by a Japanese military patrol plane near the Chunxiao gas field, according to the Maritime Self-Defense Forces. It is believed to be the first time that Chinese warships have been seen in that area.

September 11, 2005 9:38 AM
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