Chinese ships in disputed waters—Japan


JAPAN, AT SEA: This handout photograph taken by the Japan Coast Guard on February 2, 2013 shows a coast guard vessel (R) chasing a Chinese fishing boat near Miyako island in Okinawa prefecture, in East China Sea. AFP PHOTO / JAPAN COAST GUARD

TOKYO—Three Chinese government ships on Thursday plied waters around islands controlled by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing, the Japanese coastguard said.

The maritime surveillance vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile zone regarded as the territorial waters of Uotsurijima, one of the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyus, in the East China Sea shortly before 8:30 a.m. (2330 GMT Wednesday), the coastguard said.

The three vessels left the zone after about three hours, it said later.

Ships from the two countries have for months traded warnings over intrusions into what both regard as sovereign areas as Beijing and Tokyo jostle over ownership of the strategically sited and resource-rich islands.

A territorial row that dates back four decades reignited last September when Tokyo nationalized three islands in the chain, in what it said was a mere administrative change of ownership.

Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama came under fire this week after he said he understood China’s claim to the islands.

Hatoyama, whose stint in the top job is usually regarded as a bit of a disaster, told Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television it was “unavoidable” that China believed Japan “stole” the Senkaku islands.

Japan’s top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Wednesday declared himself dumbfounded over the remark.

Goshi Hosono, secretary-general of the center-left Democratic Party of Japan which Hatoyama helped to found, said the remark was “extremely inappropriate” and urged him to reflect on what he said.

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  • Guest

    The Chinese can’t seem to resist the temptation of testing the waters and forcing their way in wherever they could. No wonder theirs is the most populous nation in the world.

    • AsteroidSized Zit

      Japan stole the islands in 1895. that is barely a century ago compared with how long China and Japan have existed. Japan’s involvement with the islands is a blip in time and it is being corrected. your short sightedness is your own issue.

      • Guest

        I don’t blame you for having a selective memory. After all, we humans always do that for our own pleasure. Japan rose to power with Meiji Restoration but China chose to indulge in opium rammed down their throat by Britain and Chinese collaborators. Or your people could have overthrown the pigtail dynasty sooner than 1911. Too much opium and too much pleasure can kill.

      • AsteroidSized Zit

        there is no selective memory. you simply have no clue about the subject at hand. any attempts to divert the topic exposes your own failure and doesnt have any effect on me whatsoever.

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Where is BakbakanNA (aka DakuUtin, Bogli_Anakdami, AFPAko, et al)
    Saan kana Tanda na TANGA….

  • foreignerph

    Hatoyama should keep his mouth shut, remembering the way he handled the Fukushima crisis and wetted his pants downplaying and denying what happened, and unable to make any decision. The loser was voted out of office and the least he could do is commit harakiri.

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