China ships in disputed waters as tension runs high


TOKYO – Four Chinese ships were spotted Sunday in disputed East China Sea waters, Japanese officials said, as Tokyo considered disclosing video footage and pictures as evidence of a Chinese frigate’s alleged radar-lock incident.

For the first time after Tokyo made the allegation last week, China sent maritime surveillance vessels near Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Tokyo and Diaoyu by Beijing, which also claims them.

They were seen sailing in the contiguous waters near one of the outcrops as of 0000 GMT, the Japan Coast Guard said.

Tokyo accused a Chinese frigate of locking its weapons-tracking radar on a Japanese destroyer — the first time the two nations’ navies have locked horns in the territorial dispute that has provoked fears of armed conflict breaking out between the two.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday demanded Beijing apologize and admit to the incident, which occurred late January, after Chinese authorities flatly denied Tokyo’s accusation.

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Fuji TV on Sunday that Tokyo was carefully studying whether or how to disclose military data as evidence.

However he also said he did not think China would “admit to it even if Japan discloses a variety of evidence, because it is trying to protect its national interest”.

Onodera on Saturday told the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper that Tokyo had “evidence to show the fire-control radar chased after the ship (of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces) for some time. The visual evidence would convince many of those who watch it”.

The long-running row over the islands intensified in September when Tokyo nationalized part of the chain, triggering fury in Beijing and huge anti-Japan demonstrations across China.

Beijing has repeatedly sent ships and aircraft near the islands and both sides have scrambled fighter jets, though there have been no clashes.

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  • Harry Dexter White.

    Harry Dexter White was a spy for Russia. When Hitler attacked Russia in a bid to secure ‘Living Space’ for the superior race Japan was also attacking Russia while China was hiding in the mountains. Russia did not want a two front war so it exploited the weakness of Japan using its spy Harry Dexter White. Harry the Russian spy was high up in the US government and used his position to provoke the Japanese into attacking the United States at Pearl Harbor. Knowing Japans weakness was its strength of character Harry provoked Japan to attack the USA. Now the Communists try to provoke Japan into fighting a superior sized Force while Japan is restricted by Treaty of International Law to keep its Forces small. Japan has broken this Treaty recently when it decided to increase its Navy by 280 people whom will now be added to Southern Japanese Patrol Area near the disputed region of Senkaku. Japan is no Threat to China anymore it is the other way around as China seeks to hasten its rise to power. All that matters for China is winning  and the Prize is the Island and its strategic value in the Face of the great US super power blocking its rise to the top. Many people will die.  

  • zeroko

    Sa high tech warfare, especially at close range, he who fires first wins. 

    • Harry Dexter White.

      Oh yeah its hard to keep things a secret these days. 
      We really are left with no choice. 
      Time to Bring the Hurt. 

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