Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to defend disputed remote islands from threats by China.
Abe said that the Japan's security environment surrounding is increasingly becoming more severe as it faces provocation to territorial rights.
He vowed to 'take the lead to stand up against the present danger and protect the people's lives and asset' at all costs.
According to the Daily Express Abe's remarks came during a speech to Japan's Self-Defence Forces.
His comments apparently referred to China's growing presence near the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, the report said.
China has sent surveillance ships regularly to waters near the islands, and aircraft from the two sides have trailed each other, raising the risk of missteps that could trigger a clash.
Japan has recently launched diplomatic efforts to ease tensions, with China-friendly officials visiting Beijing for talks. (ANI)