TOKYO, May 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Japan will observe with great interest Russian-Chinese trainings Joint Sea 2014 due in the East China Sea on May 20-26, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.
Joint navy training in the area will not affect the status of the Shenkaku Islands, called the Diaoyu Islands in China, he believes. According to Suga, Japan controls the islands, which are the subject of an acute territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.
This will be the third time Russia and China will hold Joint Sea exercise aimed at strengthening practical navy cooperation and countering various sea threats.