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China Building Base Near Isles Disputed With Japan, Kyodo Says

China’s military is building a large military base on islands about 300 kilometers (190 miles) from an islet chain at the center of a territorial row with Japan, Kyodo News reported today, citing unidentified Chinese sources.

The base on the Nanji islands in Zhejiang Province is designed to enhance China’s readiness to respond to a potential military crisis and strengthen surveillance over an air defense identification zone it declared in the area in November last year, the news agency said. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga declined to comment on the report.