Japan, US to cancel island drill: Japanese media

2012-10-20 06:19:05 GMT2012-10-20 14:19:05(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Japan and the US are dropping plans for a joint drill to simulate the retaking of a remote island from foreign forces amid a row between Tokyo and Beijing over a disputed island, a report said.

The governments are set to cancel the drill as it could provoke further anger from China after a row escalated when Japan last month ‘nationalised’ Diaoyu Islands, Jiji Press reported late Friday.

The decision to cancel the drill was in line with the views of Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's office, the news agency quoted government sources as saying.

No official was immediately available for comment at the Japanese defence ministry.

According to earlier Japanese news reports, the exercise would have been part of broader joint Japan-US maneuvers due to start in early November.

The drill would have used an uninhabited island, Irisunajima, near the main Okinawan island in southern Japan, and would have seen Japanese and US troops make an amphibious and airborne landing, the reports said.

Like the disputed islands, tiny Irisunajima is also in the East China Sea but hundreds of kilometers away from Diaoyu Islands.

(Agencies)

 

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