TOKYO – Japan on Monday called on China to refrain from taking unilateral
actions after the Philippines claimed that Beijing has deployed large vessels,
possibly dredgers, to the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea,
Japan’s Jiji Press reported.
China’s action was aimed at further establishing its presence in the area,
and this poses serious concern, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a
“Unilateral actions that heighten tensions between nations should be
severely restricted,” he said.
Japan strongly hopes that China will comply with an international tribunal
ruling in July that rejected its territorial claims in the South China Sea and
that disputes in the sea will be resolved peacefully, Suga said.
On Sunday, a US State Department official said that the United States is
paying close attention to the situation at Scarborough Shoal.
The country will urge other nations involved to exercise restraint and take
effective measures to ease tensions, the official stressed.