Japan to send troops to remote isle over China fears

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Saturday, 13 November 2010, 10:00

 
Japan to send troops to remote isle over China fears
 
 
TOKYO - Tokyo will send around 100 soldiers to a remote Japanese island in the East China Sea amid growing anxiety over China's naval activities.
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The ground troops will be deployed on Yonaguni island, Japan's westernmost point, to carry out coastal patrols and surveillance of Chinese naval vessels, Jiji news agency quoted defense officials as saying.

Tokyo eventually plans to double the number of troops stationed on Yonaguni, which is roughly 60 miles east of Taiwan, the report said.

Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa Thursday stressed the importance of boosting defence in island areas, including Yonaguni, to a security committee meeting at the House of Representatives, Jiji reported.

Increased Chinese naval activity has sparked a defence rethink in which Japan has mulled sending more forces to its scattered southern islands and away from Cold War-era bases in the north near Russia.

 

 

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