TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday Tokyo could mount a military response if foreign submarines enter its territorial waters while underwater, as Japan and China continue to squabble over islands.
“These are serious acts. If submarines enter our territorial waters while underwater, we would have to implement maritime security action,” Abe told the Diet.
He did not clarify further, but the form of words he used may indicate that the defense minister could order action by Japan’s Self Defense Forces.
China is believed to be boosting its naval capability in the Pacific and has been criticised by neighbors for what is seen as an increasingly aggressive stance in the region, particularly in its multiple territorial disputes.
Full article: Abe warns of possible military response to intruder subs (Japan Today)