China moves to stop Japan maritime survey

March 3rd, 2012 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, March 2 (IANS) China’s maritime authority said Friday it will boost surveillance in the East China Sea, and stop Japan’s “illegal” survey activities.

The remarks by an official with the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) came after two vessels of the Japan Coast Guard were spotted conducting survey activities in the area, reported Xinhua.

Japan’s move has severely infringed upon China’s sovereignty, and runs contrary to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and relevant Chinese laws, the official added.

China’s position on the East China Sea issue is clear and consistent. It has zero tolerance for Japan’s unilateral survey action without permission of the Chinese government, the official said.

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