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Taiwan adds new ships to patrol disputed islands


In this photo released by Taiwan’s Central News Agency, a Taiwanese fishing boat comes close to the disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. On Tuesday morning, about 50 Taiwanese fishing boats accompanied by 10 Taiwanese surveillance ships came within almost 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) of the disputed islands- within what Japan considers to be its territorial waters. APfile AP FILE PHOTO/Central News Agency/TAIWAN OUT

TAIPEI– Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday unveiled two new ships that will join the patrol in waters off disputed islands in the East China Sea at the center of a regional territorial row.

“We will gradually build up our capabilities in the sea to enforce the law, to conduct rescue missions and protect fishermen,” Ma said before boarding a new ship to inspect a drill off the Kaohsiung port in the south.

Taiwan will not “concede one step” in upholding its sovereignty claim over the islands, Ma said, while urging all sides involved to seek a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

The contested islands, in an area where the seabed is believed to harbor valuable mineral reserves, are claimed as the Senkakus by Japan and the Diaoyus by China. The Japanese-controlled islands are also claimed by Taiwan.

In January, coastguard vessels from Taiwan and Japan converged and duelled with water cannons in their latest stand-off as a boat carrying Taiwanese activists was heading to the islands.

The incident came at a time of growing regional concern over the intensified friction over the islands between China and Japan, with both Beijing and Tokyo recently scrambling fighter jets to assert their claims to the area.

Coastguard vessels from Japan and Taiwan also exchanged water cannon barrages in September after dozens of Taiwanese boats were escorted by patrol ships into the islands’ waters.

Japan’s government nationalised three of them in September by taking them out of private Japanese ownership, triggering strong protests from Taiwan and China.


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  • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

    Some honorable and honest Japanese scholars publically stated that the Senkaku is China’s.

    After WW2, Japan returned the stolen Islands back to original owner but at the time the Islands were put under US admistration.

    US later in 1970s, transfered the admistrative right to Japan but stated that the soverienty right is upto China and Japan to resolve.

    Japan, under the sun, misinteprets the admistrative right to soveriengty right, disrepect US position, openly lies to the world, shameless inside and out.

    There is no single legal document and law to support Japan’s grab.

    On the other hand, there are historical and official documents before and after WW2 to state that Japan has no soverienty what so ever over Senkaku.

    Time for Abe to apologize to China for what Noda did to the relationship with China.

    • makinagulingon_nasud

      SOLLY CHOLLY BUT YOU ARE WAY OFF THE MARK,,,,JAPAN OWNED NOTHING AFTER WW2 SO HAD NOTHING TO GIVE AWAY,,,,JAPAN SIGNED AN ”UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER ALL THE SPOILS OF WAR WENT TO THE SUPER POWERS,,,WHO DECIDED WHO GOT WHAT AND HOW MUCH
      YOU SEE ACCORDING TO YOU AND YOUR ”HONORABLE JAPANESE SCHOLARS” IN ORDER FOR JAPAN TO HAVE GIVEN THE ISLANDS TO CHINA THEY WOULD HAVE HAD TO GIVE THEIR ENEMY CHINA THE ISLANDS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 2, 1945…..WHILE STILL AT WAR WITH CHINA AND THE WORLD
      This Day 2nd September 1945 Japan signs unconditional surrender
      Japanese officials have signed the act of unconditional surrender, finally bringing to an end six years of world war on this day 2nd September 1945

      • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

        We are on the same side, toether with Japanese people, are we not ?

        The DiaoYu Islands are China’s, historically and presently.

      • makinagulingon_nasud

        THEY WHERE SPOILS OF WAR GIVEN BY THE US TO JAPAN TWICE 1–WW1 2–WW2 ITS OF LITTLE OR NO CONSEQUENCE TO THE WORLD TODAY WHOSE THEY ARE AS DMRK HAS CALLED FOR WAR AGAINST SK/USA TODAY AND IS TARGETING ALL US BASES IN THE PACIFIC SO WHO CARES ABOUT THIS SQUABBLE WHEN THE DMRK NUKES CLARK/SUBIC/CEBU SO US CAN NOT USE THEM?

      • Kaizensigma

        Diao yu island was ceded to Japan in the 1890s as spoils of the sino Japan war which was imposed on china at the time when it was weak. The islands were supposed to be returned to china by Japan after ww2 as a condition of her surrender. However due to the intervention of the cold war and Korean war, USA instead handed it back to Japan. China and Japan had a mutual understanding to let the status quo and both agreed to table this as they move forward in improving relationship with the understanding that they will work this out in the future. The Right wing Abe clique instead unilaterally nationalize the island. This caused a storm of furor and anger by china and Taiwan and initiated the current crisis. Abe is using this crisis which he caused as an excuse to re militarize Japan and rewrite history to justify their behavior and action during ww2. China today is not the same china when Japan took advantage of its weakness. China today cannot be pushed around anymore.

      • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

        USA has said from very beginning that Japan has no soveriegnty over Senkaku and USA will not support such soveriengty claim by Japan.

        Japan self-claimed soveriengty is farcical, a laughing stock as how Japanese think of world and laws.

  • guest1500

    I think the Taiwanese being a democratic state should also go to ITLOS so solve the case.

    • reddfrog

      The Taiwanese don’t care about those islands. What they care about are the fishing rights, which they are negotiating with the Japanese. Those song and dance by the President is just to appease the fishermen, since his popularity is plunging to a record low.

      • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

        Taiwanese are more patriotic than mainlanders.

    • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

      There are over 200 nations on earth with more than 5000 years of civilization.

      Now tell me how many of them went to ITLOS ?

      Good guys never go to court alone.

  • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

    Cairo Declaration:

    Japan shall be stripped of all islands she has seized or occupied in the Pacific since the beginning of World War I in 1914.

    All the territories Japan has taken from China such as Manchuria (Dongbei), Formosa (Taiwan), and the Pescadores (Penghu), shall be restored to the Republic of China.
    The Allies are determined that Korea shall become free and independent.

    Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

      That’s useless declaration. Republic of China no more.

  • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

    “Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine.”

    —–Potsdam Declaration.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

      That’s useless declaration. Physical, History and clear occupation, administration is ownership.

  • $18209031

    Taiwan and China has rightful claims to Diaoyu. The US is telling Japland to give fishing concessions to Taiwan so they will back off . Thus, Japan can focus on China . These sneaky Japos are still the same Japs of the last century.

    • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

      Abe still intends to visit Yasukuni Shrine though not this spring festival due to Chinese objection.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

      Only in your opinion but in Reality cannot be. Japan is the strongest country in Asia. China strongest only in paper.

  • Noel

    I wonder if China and Taiwan would ever fight over the disputed waters.

    • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

      China prefers to use bilateral talk to resolve disputes, even with Japan.

      But for China to be successful in peaceful methods, other nations have to be peaceful too.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        like tibet

    • Kaizensigma

      China and Taiwan share the same cultural and historical heritage. Taiwan is one of the largest investor in china. In time, Taiwan will return to the motherland. Political, social and economic integration will evolve naturally in the course of time, such is the bond between kins, unshakable and like the flow of water it will finds its natural course in time when the time is ripe. China already has experience with the integration of both hong kng and Macau through special political and economic zones. This same lesson and experience can be applied to Taiwan when the time is ripe. China can wait. What is another generation or two when it has a continued and unbroken history of 5 thousand years.

      • Noel

        I partly agree. If China wanted to claim back Taiwan, she would have done it easily. But it’s the US and the West that don’t want a unified China like the two Koreas for obvious reason. The nucleus and leaders of the powerful Kuomintang Party that once shaped Taiwan politically is no longer as influential with so many old leaders dead.

  • nizon

    Taiwan should first declare their independence before claiming other islands.

    • $18209031

      China is recognized by 176 countries in the world and Taiwan as a subprovince of PRC. That there is only One China, the PRC.
      It wouldnt be easy for Taiwan to go that route. Its not even recognized in the UN body.

      • $26149191

        So what’s the deal? China wanted the 176 countries including Japan and Philippines. China cannot dictate Taiwan. Taiwan is prepare for the destruction of China. He is small but terrible.

      • $18209031

        Hehehe, keep jakuling if that make s you feel good.

    • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

      Taiwan is independent, more than PH, name Republic of China, area covers from Taiwan to Xinjiang, from Mongolia to Hainan, from Diaoyu to Scarbourough, and the 11-dotted line which is even bigger than the 9-nine dashed line.

      • nizon

        When did they declare independence?

      • http://twitter.com/fenis6 fenis

        1912.

  • $18209031

    China uses peaceful method with the Pino Nation in the South China Sea. But a little aggressiveness with the Japos. And a forceful method against the Vietgooks. If one can remember in 1988 the PLAN naval guns pummeled their marines while standing on a reef. They refused to withdraw so they were raked by cannon fire and sharks took over the clean up of remains. China gave them ample time to leave in peace but they took the path of resistance.

    China vs Jap faceoff in Diaoyu waters remain relatively peaceful with water cannons, blaring bullhorns and occasional ramming of ship’s hauls. But once the Japs make their aggressive move which only time can tell, then they will be finish. For the only thing these Japs know is being the aggressor. History has much to tell us about their aggressive actions , they were sneaky, aggressor and imperial nation . Make no mistake about it.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/TAYLHMWTPKUI6ULKRNJWYQ4EOA socali177

      You r a barbarian. Why do you gloat about death?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

        hahahahaha his name is signify his country of origin.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

      10 years of waiting. You still saying the same word. Bomb Japan now tell your China if they can do that. take over Senkaku now. Why telling, mouthing here a useless and lies. Put in to action. China had stealth, Aircraft carrier go to Japan. Don’t be coward!! Show to the world that Chinese has a big Uten. Go go Now!!!!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        he is like this in every forum he hates everyone and wants killing. but hides behind a computer and whines

      • $18209031

        This is to irk the Jap criminals and when they go the second mile, they will be in for a big surprise.numbnut.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

        Barking dog doesn’t bite. They are useless dog.

    • judefawley

      The US and Japan are already planning how to deal with China in case it attacks Japan. China would never attack Japan without cutting its own throat

    • Crazy_horse101010

      japan in 70 years no wars china in 70 years 7 wars and took over 1 country. who is the imperial one. its amazing how much japan in ww2 and china now are so much alike. japan wanted to control asia china wants to control asia. japan thought they were the master race china thinks its the master race. japan went to war over oil now china is harassing countries over oil. japan launched a sneak attack on america dec 7 1941. china launched a sneak attack on the un on nov 30 1950. almost the same holiday.. american pows who died japan 38 percent pows china who died 46 percent.. both tortured pows.. language seems to be the only difference between the two

      • $18209031

        China had warned the arrogant Macarthur that he must not cross the DMZ. But he did anyways. China surprised his troops at Chosin Reservoir and the rest was history.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        and so everyone was supposed to stop at the 38 th after being invaded i know china wouldnt have . china attaacked the un because they didnt want korea united and no other reason. in the papers at that time the world was celebrating because the war was over and the troops would be home by christmas . but china pulled a sneak attack anyway will 200000 troops against 20000. marine loses 836 men army 2000 china 35000 dead. marine first division was back in the war in one month 7 chinese divisions never returned to the war because of so many dead . and if you know history macrthur was fired and replaced. if china was so good how come south korea is still there even though out numbered 10 to 1

      • Crazy_horse101010

        ps china never warned anyone about crossing the 38 th the warned about crossing the yalu river the un wasnt there yet chosin is to the south

      • Kaizensigma

        China has warned mcarthur repeatedly that it will not tolerate the un forces within its border. Mcarthur instead publicly called for crossing the border and even threaten to use the atomic bomb. Truman knew mcarthur was a powder keg risking ww3 with china and Russian and he moved quickly to purge him releasing him of the command and effectively forcing his retirement. China cannot afford to have a hostile power within its border and therefore had to act and push the un forces back until a comfortable buffer can be established.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

        China is blockhead. Big but no brains.

  • $26149191

    China is moving toward disintegration. Sooner or later China became a nation of many states. It is a good sign to the world peace.

    • $18209031

      Even the Republik of Pinas is actually the Republik of Luzon. Visayas and Mindanao may have to divorce from the corrupt tagalegleg stranglehold Beside s Visayas is physically separated from Luzon landmass .

      • Guest

        they should detached Imperial Metro Manila from Philippine territory. Its would become the poorest capital in the World.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kung.tufo Kung Tofu Tufo

      Detachment of China the world will celebrates. From North to South, from West to East. Hoooray!!!!

      • $18209031

        But first you have to kneel and flagellate your naked brown back and walk on your knees to Cutud, Pampanga. Maybe the heavens will open for your prayers to come true. Now that is heavenly .



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