防卫大臣小野寺星期二说，中国的举动 “非常不正常。” 他说，瞄准日本舰艇的雷达通常用于帮助指引导弹。
**Chinese Warship Locked Pre-Firing Radar on Japanese Navy: Tokyo**
Japan says a Chinese warship last week locked its pre-firing radar on a Japanese navy boat near a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea.
The Japanese defense ministry has lodged a complaint with China over the January 30 incident, the latest in a series of dangerous escalations in their long-running territorial dispute.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera Tuesday called China's move "very abnormal." He said the radar aimed at the Japanese ship is normally used to help guide missiles.
Although there have not been any major clashes, China has repeatedly sent government ships near the Japanese-administered islands. Analysts say the patrols are meant to establish de facto control of the area.
** China Convicts 10 For Illegal Detention of Petitioners**
A Chinese court has ruled in favor of a group of villagers detained in China's so-called "black jails" after traveling to Beijing to lodge complaints with the central government.
The official Xinhua news agency said 10 people were convicted Tuesday of illegally detaining the petitioners, who had traveled to the capital from central Henan province. The court said the defendants "falsely imprisoned" the petitioners for several days in two courtyards in Beijing last April.
It gave them jail sentences ranging from six months to two years, saying they "infringed the personal rights" of the petitioners. It also ordered them to pay an unspecified amount of compensation.
Rights groups say local Chinese officials often hire agents to stop petitioners from airing their grievances in Beijing, in an effort to cover up abuses. The petitioners often are forced to go back home or are detained without trial in extra-legal facilities known as "black jails."