December 26, 2016 / 3:11 AM / 3 years ago

Japan closely monitoring China's aircraft carrier - spokesman

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga attends a Thomson Reuters Newsmaker event in Tokyo, Japan August 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s top government spokesman said on Monday a Chinese aircraft carrier’s voyage in the Pacific shows China’s expanding military capability and Japan was closely monitoring it.

Japan would take all steps for warning and surveillance activity in the area, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference.

China says its first aircraft carrier is carrying out routine exercises in the Western Pacific.

Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Robert Birsel

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