London, Feb 10: Japan has said it might release evidence to prove a Chinese naval frigate locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese ship near disputed islands.
Tokyo said it might release the data after Beijing rejected accusations it had targeted the destroyer last month.
According to the BBC, China has insisted its ship was only using ordinary surveillance radar.
The situation is the most serious for Sino-Japanese relations in the post-war period in terms of the risk of militarized conflict.
The two nations are embroiled in a bitter territorial row over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Japan controls the islands, which are also claimed by Taiwan.
Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera as saying that the government is considering the extent of what can be disclosed.
On Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Beijing to acknowledge the 30 January incident and apologise.
Earlier this week, Onodera said a Japanese military helicopter was also targeted with a similar type of radar by another Chinese frigate on 19 January.
But China’s Defence Ministry has denied the Japanese allegations saying they ‘were against the facts’ and urging Japan to ‘stop stirring up tension in the East China Sea’, the report said.
The Chinese Defence Ministry, in its statement, said that in each incident, the Chinese vessel ‘kept normal observation and alert, and fire control radar was not used’.
Since the row over the islands flared up again last September, Chinese vessels have been sailing in and out of what Japan said are its territorial waters around the islands, prompting warnings from Tokyo, it added. (ANI)