One #PLAN #Type054A Frigate(濱州艦 515), one #ABUKUMA Class Destroyer Escort (護衛艦あぶくま型)and probably one Taiwan Kee Lung-Class Destroyers(基隆級驅逐艦) were spotted in the #EastChinaSea about 132km north-northwest of Yonaguni(与那国島) on May 1.
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— August (@August20190831) May 1, 2021
Senior defense officials in Taiwan were coy about the country’s military collaboration with Japan when quizzed on Monday about satellite imagery showing an apparent joint surveillance operation of a Chinese warship in the East China Sea.
Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told reporters that Taiwan was cooperating with a number of friendly parties but said he could not disclose information about specific departments.
On Saturday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) frigate Binzhou had passed through the Miyako Strait into the Western Pacific the day before.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force later deployed an Abukuma-class destroyer escort and two maritime patrol aircraft as the single Chinese warship traveled north via the narrow waters between Taiwan and Yonaguni, Japan’s westernmost inhabited island, which lies less than 70 miles from Taiwan’s east coast.
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