A Chinese military vessel aimed radar used to guide weapons at a Japanese naval ship in the East China Sea, drawing complaints from Japan that China is heightening tensions over the disputed territory, The New York Times reported. China also aimed the radar at a military helicopter on January 19, the Japanese Defense Ministry said. Both times, the radar was turned off without firing, but Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera warned that such actions would increase the chances of a larger confrontation related to the disputed islands in the East China Sea. “One step in the wrong direction could have pushed things into a dangerous situation,” Onodera said.
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