According to the USNI News, a news outlet from the U.S. Naval Institute, Japan detected about ten warships from China and Russia sailing across its home islands recently.
The Japanese Defense Ministry revealed last week that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy and the Russian Pacific fleet sent two separate surface action groups around some of its islands in June.
On June 15, seven Russian warships sailed near Hokkaido toward the Izu Islands. On June 21, five of them moved in the waters between Okinawa and Miyakojima toward the East China Sea. The group sailed through the Tsushima Strait toward the Sea of Japan.
On June 12, four Chinese ships sailed through the Tsushima Strait toward the Sea of Japan. Two of them sailed through the Tsugaru Strait and two others moved through La Pérouse Strait to the Pacific Ocean. Three of these ships operated around the Izu Islands, similar to the movement of the Russian ships.
Thus, both Russian and Chinese ships almost made a circle of the Japanese archipelago.
Japanese Defense Minister accused Russia and China of making a military demonstration toward Tokyo.
Kishi said: “The fact that about 10 Russian and Chinese ships sail around Japan on the same route in a short period of time is a display of the military presence of both countries around Japan.”
The minister said that Japan will pay close attention to the navy operations from Russia and China around its waters. Tokyo will also make every effort to carry out warning and surveillance activities in the sea and airspace around Japan.
The ministry’s Joint Staff Office last week issued a release, providing hull numbers and images corresponding to the Russian and Chinese ships.
The release included a map showing the earlier movements of the ships.
The USNI News reported that Chinese ships and aircraft have been found operating around Japan.
Multiple Chinese were warships detected around Japan waters between 21 to June 24. They include
Chinese aircraft were also active around Japan.
On June 23, Japan’s Joint Staff Office stated that three H-6 bombers from the PLA flew in from the East China Sea in the afternoon of that day. They flew through the Miyako Strait into the Pacific Ocean to conduct separate circuits. They joined together again to fly through the Miyako Strait and back into the East China Sea.
Images in the release showed that two of the H-6s were carrying YJ-12 anti-ship cruise missiles.
The office stated that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s fighter aircraft scrambled and monitored the PLA planes.
On June 24, a Chinese Y-9 electronic intelligence aircraft was found flying from the East China Sea and through the Miyako Strait to enter the Pacific Ocean. It then made two turns before passing through the Miyako Strait to enter the East China Sea.