Chinese ships sail near disputed island—Japan


In this Sept. 24, 2012 file photo, Japan Coast Guard vessels sail along with Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 66, center, near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, seen in background, in the East China Sea. AP FILE PHOTO/Kyodo News

TOKYO—Three Chinese government ships sailed into waters around islands at the center of a dispute on Thursday, the day after Japan’s premier visited coastguards who patrol the area.

The maritime surveillance vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile zone regarded as the territorial waters of the Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, at around 9:30 a.m. (0030 GMT), the Japanese coastguard said.

China calls the islands the Diaoyus and claims them as its own.

The move came after Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe on Wednesday visited coastguards charged with protecting the area.

Abe was in the remote Okinawan island of Ishigaki in the East China Sea, 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles) southwest of Tokyo, where he told crews his resolve to stand up for Japan was undimmed.

The visit came just a few days ahead of elections for half of the seats in the upper house of parliament, which observers expect to be a shoo-in for Abe’s ruling boc.

Tensions have steadily risen between the two Asian giants, with China frequently sending official ships into waters around the Tokyo-administered islands.

The long-standing dispute reignited last September when Tokyo nationalized three islands in the chain in what it said was a mere administrative change of ownership from a private landowner.

China insists the islands were part of its territory until Japan annexed them in 1895 at the start of a half-century of acquisitive invasions that culminated in World War II.

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  • dexter ngayan

    release the kraken now!

  • CyberPinoy

    To Japan: time to make Thundersub a reality :-)

    • Batman


      Bro, not only Thundersub. Gundams, Evagenlions, and Pokemons.

  • SaintJames2011

    I am sure Japan has been holding back and is wishing for China to make a mistake and start something in Senkaku Islands. Japanese people are solidly behind Mr. Abe when it comes to their territorial sovereignty most especially their lawmakers. I can’t say the same for the Philippines. What should the Filipino people do with those elected officials who doesn’t support Pres. Aquino?

    • Anti-nakaw

      You just don’t know how much Filipinos love their freedom.

    • Hugo.

      just see how abe is going to finance this whole military expansion thing, and the money he is going to spend in the diaoyu islands.

      • SaintJames2011

        We will definitely see now that Mr. Abe has the majority in both Upper and Lower house.

      • Hugo.

        having voting support doesn’t mean having financial support. with a tradition of short office life of japanese pm and national debt ratio 240% of gdp, we will see how the “abeconomics” can not just release japan’s pressure of supporting the senior pension system, build more ships and increase more f-15 flights to counter the chinese patrols.

      • SaintJames2011

        I am not familiar with Japan’s economic situation but their current military power now is quite in great shape to counter China at any given situation anytime and anywhere. Less aircraft carrier (because they don’t have one), Japan’s military arsenals and equipment are based on U.S. military platforms. If you’ve been to a military live war drills jointly conducted by Japan and U.S. you would understand how good the Japanese military in terms of combat skills, training and being able to deter and defend its territorial sovereignty against external threats.

      • Hugo.

        japan has no resources to sustain a major war and cannot afford losing capital ships. this has not changed in the past and now.

        how many ships can japan deploy to the east sea successfully, and how many waves of anti-ship missiles do you think the japanese fleet can take, before a naval engagement with the pla navy?

        ….and afterall, what is the objective and gain even japan can beat the pla navy at the sea with significant loses — fuel, equipment, lives, compensation to the families, long term rehabilitation and caring of the seriously wounded….. is the u.s. going to pay for that???

        now the difference is that if goes to war, the major objective for china is to destroy as many japanese ships as possible but not to actually land and defend the diaoyu islands. and missiles and drones don’t cause lives.

      • SaintJames2011

        You really don’t know Japan’s military capability to defend its territorial sovereignty against China’s military. China’s Navy and Air Force although has more ships and planes respectively can’t match the advanced and well equipped and well trained JMSDF and JASDF. U.S. trains with the Japanese Navy and Air Force on regular basis including real war scenarious against invasion. Do your research and you will see what I am talking about.

      • Hugo.

        china has been fighting japanese aggression for centuries, really it is amusing to read that we don’t know japan’s military capability and how we counter it.

        a war of attrition does not favor the japanese side, japan’s f-15j is pretty much outdated and japan has only around 200 of them, even if you say the japanese pilots are better trained, but it still lacks a practical numeric scale to fight today’s countless chinese missiles and over 400 drones — this is even before engaging modern chinese jets of more than 300 in the nearby 2 military districts. unless you can assume japanese pilots are superb and they can evade every missile chasing them, otherwise there will be heavy loss of jasdf planes.

        if war really breaks out, while china can scramble at least 40 su-30’s in 7 minutes and enter the diaoyu air space in just 10 minutes under heavy radar jamming and waves of missiles fired at japanese air and sea targets, just how many fighters can japan deploy?

        the same goes to jmsdf with massive waves of anti-ship missiles hitting them. now missiles don’t need training, you can only jam them or shoot them down (and quantity counts). and how many of such missiles can the jmsdf shoot down before their ship magazines are emptied? and what will happen if they are emptied?

        while japan is trying to hold the occupied diaoyu islands without clear gain, china’s strategic goal is much simpler, i.e. to use the diaoyu area to destroy as many japanese assets as possible, and as a result apply a long term economic and political pressure to the japanese society when it will have to take care of the post-war aftermath.

  • Patikotiko

    Chinese are good in bullying and faking!!!

  • Ambot

    What are these Chinese trying to proved?

  • BakbakanNa

    China ‘s time to bully the Japo criminals !! It is the time for CHina to make these Japos bow and confess their sins and become remorseful. Its about time , folks !!

    • purpledaisy13.

      Confess to you? and China communist confess to me? They killed almost 100 milliuon under Mao shoktong. Si LoLo mong insekto napatay din ni Mao shoktong kaya ikaw napad pad dito.

      • BakbakanNa

        Listen up , monkeyeating monkey, stop eating and backstabbing your own monkey gene pool and go back to Indonesya at Malesya. Convert back to islam and be a good monkey ! Romani Katolik didnt do a good job of civilizing your backstabbing monkeyeating genepool. Walang kaibahan so its futile to tame mongkies……

    • Crazy_horse101010

      the chino monko is back ranting his racism again comrade. what is china waiting for. go get them, japan isnt going anymore. could it be they are scared of japan.china should be bowing for the millions they killed and should be bowing for the thousands they killied in tibet a helpless country. minding their own business, and hat is more recent than 70 years ago. china can only bully the weak just like a school bully

  • sasama

    …sabayan nalang ni Abnoy ang Japs pag nagkatuluyan sila vs. China…this is what we call Kuyug!!! LOL…

  • $31552910

    US military presence in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) did not end with the closure of US military bases in the Philippines after the Philippine Senate upheld Philippine sovereignty and voted against the foreign bases treaty in September 1991. The US Seventh Fleet remained forward deployed in its area of responsibility in the West Pacific, including the South China Sea. US missile-guided destroyers, nuclear-powered attack submarines, and reconnaissance aircrafts continued to deploy and conduct patrols in the South China Sea. The presence of the US Seventh Fleet has not deterred China from continuing to grab maritime territories inside the 200 nm EEZ of the Philippines. The US has even invited China to participate in the US-led RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2014 naval exercises in Hawaii, the largest international maritime warfare drills. China has accepted the US invitation and the PLA Navy will have the opportunity to receive interoperability training with the US Navy. The US invitation of China to participate in the RIMPAC naval exercises condones China’s use of intimidation and coercion in the East China Sea and South China Sea. China’s participation in RIMPAC naval exercises could pose a danger to US naval operations in the Pacific and undermine the strategic partnerships of the US in the Asia Pacific region.

    • Hugo.

      and what’s the philippines going to send? your pre 1950 warship or your coast-guard-cutter-pretended-warship?

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