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China upset as Japan uses disputed island as testing area for anti-ship missiles

NAHA, Japan--Japanese soldiers practiced surface-to-ship missile drills Monday on an island at the gateway to the Pacific, as part of a huge military exercise that has unsettled China.

The practice in Okinawa was part of 18-day war games which Japan began earlier this month. They aim to strengthen its ability to protect remote territory, as a row with China over the sovereignty of some islands continues to rattle nerves.

No missile was actually fired during Monday's drill, which was watched by members of the media — including a large Chinese contingent, correspondents said — and saw men in camouflage readying SSM1 missile batteries at Camp Naha on the main Okinawan island.

"Today's drill was aimed at training cooperation among our units," the commander of the fourth anti-warship missile regiment told reporters.

Around 34,000 military personnel, six vessels and 360 aircraft are involved in the war games, which will also see the deployment of F-15 fighter jets and Patriot surface-to-air missile systems.

1 Comment
November 12, 2013    asianviews48@
What's the issue? Why get upset? China should set up a brigade size missile unit with 5000 missiles of all sorts targeted at Japanese units in Okinawa and Miyako islands. Of course, Japan will counter act.

But it's a war of nerves anyway until one party gives up. If China wins in the war of nerves against Japan, move the missiles towards Philippines for the next encounter.

Deploy saturation attacks if war starts.
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