Chinese ships at Diaoyutais
The government said three Chinese surveillance ships entered its territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands yesterday, hours after one of Beijing’s fisheries patrol boats sailed into the zone. The three marine surveillance ships entered the 12 nautical mile (22.2km) territorial zone off Diaoyu Island (釣魚島, Uotsurijima), shortly before 1pm, the coast guard said in a statement. The island is part of the Diaoyutais (釣魚台), a chain contested by Taiwan and China. The islands are known nationally as the Senkakus. The incident came hours after the government said a Chinese fisheries patrol boat briefly entered the territorial waters off another disputed island yesterday morning. The same Chinese fisheries patrol ship briefly entered the territorial zone on Saturday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed he would not tolerate Beijing’s incursions into the area. Abe, who was on a visit to the US, said the nation “simply cannot tolerate any challenge now and in the future” to its control of the islands.
Singh visits bomb site
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday flew to Hyderabad to visit some of the 117 people injured in twin bombings last week that claimed 16 lives. Singh is also scheduled to visit the blast site in Dilsukh Nagar, where two bicycle bombs exploded within a few minutes of each other outside a cinema and a bus stand on Thursday evening, the Press Trust of India reporters. Singh has vowed to bring to justice the perpetrators of what he called a “dastardly” attack, the first major bombings in the nation since 2011. The government was criticized in parliament on Friday by the opposition, which said the bombings had exposed systemic security failures at a time when the nation is on heightened alert. Newspapers have pointed the finger at the Indian Mujahideen, a banned militant outfit which has claimed responsibility for previous attacks.
US to help with radar system
Tokyo and Washington plan to install a US early-warning radar system at a coastal base near Kyoto to bolster defenses against the North Korean missile threat, reports said yesterday. The X-band radar, capable of precisely tracking the trajectory of a ballistic missile, allows US forces to launch intercept missiles from the ground and sea. It will be the second X-band radar system to be installed in the nation after another was set up in northern Aomori Prefecture. The X-band radar system will be built in an Air Self-Defense Force Base in Kyotango, northwest of Kyoto, the Kyodo News and Jiji Press agencies reported, citing unnamed sources. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Barack Obama confirmed on Friday in Washington that the two countries would work together on the radar installation, reports said.
Twin blasts hit Ho Chi Minh
Several people were killed early yesterday when twin blasts tore through a residential street and destroyed three houses in a district of Ho Chi Minh City, police said, with reports putting the death toll at about 10. The blasts left many more victims trapped in rubble, reports said. A local policeman said authorities were investigating the cause of the explosions, adding that they were believed to have been accidental. State newspaper Tuoi Tre reported on its Web site that a family of seven was among those killed. It said locals heard two large explosions within five minutes of each other. The paper added that hundreds of firefighters had rushed to the scene and were leading rescue efforts.