New China coast guard ships seen in disputed area

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In this photo released by Japan’s 11th Regional Coast Guard, a China Coast Guard ship numbered 2101 sails in waters 66 kilometers (41 miles) from the East China Sea islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Chinese coast guard ships were spotted for the first time near the disputed islands controlled by Japan following a reorganization of the service in a bid to boost its effectiveness. AP

TOKYO — Chinese coast guard ships were spotted Wednesday for the first time near disputed islands controlled by Japan following a reorganization of the service to boost Beijing’s ability to enforce its maritime claims.

Japan’s coast guard said four Chinese craft were seen early in the day just outside Japanese territorial waters around the tiny uninhabited East China Sea islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan.

Chinese websites ran photos reportedly taken by the Japanese coast guard showing a ship painted in the service’s new red, white and blue striped Chinese coast guard livery.

The reorganized service, which was formally inaugurated on Monday, merges the coast guard with four agencies responsible for fisheries administration, maritime surveillance, customs enforcement and border control. Chinese officials said the move would help boost efficiency in law enforcement and “better safeguard China’s sovereignty and maritime rights and interests.”

The new service is being equipped with ships from the four bodies being eliminated, along with newly built or repurposed craft that could make it Asia’s biggest and most powerful coast guard. The ships are believed to be lightly armed with machine guns and possibly cannons, giving them teeth to back China’s claims to seas and islands if Beijing wished to do so.

The Japanese coast guard said the Chinese vessels were apparently taking the place of ships from China Marine Surveillance, one of the bodies being absorbed by the new service. Those ships had been patrolling in the area for the past eight days as part of a regular Chinese presence in the area, the Japanese coast guard said.

Since an escalation of tensions over the islands, Japanese and Chinese patrol craft have confronted each other on a regular basis in the waters surrounding them, although no clashes have been reported.

China has also frequently sparred with the Philippines and Vietnam over overlapping claims to parts of the South China Sea, another area to which the new coast guard is being deployed.

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  • Vertumnus

    I wonder why Japan doesn’t build a permanent structure on Senkaku Island. A radar detection array would help them patrol their side of the waters and would dissuade China from encroaching on Japanese territory.

    • opinyonlangpo

      They have something better than radar. The Japanese coastguard are always physically present at the area to monitor the Chinese activities and other intrusions.

      • kanoy

        RIGHT ON!

    • kanoy

      CHINA DID NOT ENTER IT STAYED JUST OUTSIDE….NO BIGGIE,,,JUST SAYING ”BOO” TO THE WRONG NATION….MUCH LIKE CUBA/USSR USED TO DO TO THE USA AND THE USA RETURNED THE FAVOR IN LIKE KIND

      • Marx Louis Wang

        how much did you earn for posting such crap?

    • Hugo.

      because the island does not belong to japan.

      taiwan has stationed troops and personnel on the island during the 1950’s and the 1960’s but were pulled out due to severe weather conditions and lack of supporting facilities.

      • Vertumnus

        Senkaku Islands was annexed by Japan in 1895. During 1900, a bonito processing plant was established on the island by Japan. It came under US control after 1945 and returned formally to Japan in 1970. It wasn’t until geographical survey showed potential for oil and gas deposit that China decided it belongs to them. Based on tenancy and control, the Islands belongs to Japan.

      • Hugo.

        wrong.

        There are books, reports and maps from the 15th century, during the period of the Ming Dynasty, that establish in no uncertain terms that Diaoyuis Chinese territory. The book Voyage with a Tail Wind and the Record of the Imperial Envoy’s Visit to Ryukyu bear testimony to this. Even writings by Japanese scholars in the late 19th century acknowledged this fact.

        The challenge to Chinese ownership of Diaoyu came from Japanese annexation of the Islands in 1894-5 following the first Sino-Japanese War. China under the Ching Dynasty was too weak to fight back and regain lost territory. But annexation through military force does not confer legitimacy upon the act of conquest. This is why when Japan was defeated in the Second World War the victors who included China and the US recognised that Diaoyu was Chinese territory. Both the Cairo Declaration and the Potsdam Declaration acknowledged this though for administrative purposes Diaoyu was placed under US control as part of its governance over the Ryukyu Islands. The US was then the occupying power in Japan following the latter’s surrender.

        However, when China was taken over by the Chinese Communist Party in 1949, the US changed its position and began to treat the Islands as part of Japan. The Chinese communist leadership protested vehemently. In 1971, the US Senate returned the Diaoyu Islands, together with Okinawa, to Japan under the Okinawa Reversion Treaty. Again, the Chinese government in Beijing objected, as did the Taiwan government which also regards the Islands as part of China. Since the normalisation of relations between China and Japan in 1972, both sides have agreed to allow their fisher folk to operate in the waters surrounding the Islands without resolving the issue of ownership. Of course, neither China nor Japan has relinquished even an iota of its claim in the last 40 years. Recent incidents have however forced this unresolved issue into the open.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    who’s scared of communist China knock off weapons.

    • Andrew PC

      Yours biggest warship…remember ?

      • koolkid_inthehouse

        Philippines has millions of live bombers

    • Laddy

      LOL you got owned

  • warillaman

    Well, that’s all they can do, hover around with nothing to gain, its their gas not ours as long as they don’t man any of our reefs or in panatag shoal they can hover around, our fishermen should not be afraid of them, they should fish the whole wide west philippines sea, just like what this retards are doing.

    • Andrew PC

      Ya, you are right ! Philippines fishermen shouldn’t be afraid, why should them ?after all only Philippines happy-trigger “macho” armed forces will shoot indiscriminately while laughing at unarmed fishermen ! So, don’t have to be afraid except of course they meet with the infamous Philippines armed forces..ha..ha..

      • warillaman

        yes, he,he,he, and we will do it again, and again to shut you mongoloids out of our waters, he,he,he, kill this mongoloid chinks taiwan, he,he,he,he,

  • JMS

    Is this a recycled news?

  • BURADOR

    SUSTAIN the NAVY MODERNIZATION in ORDER to RUN after this chinese illegal entry–

  • superpilipinas

    Read this:

    Japan scrambles jets after China plane flies by southern islandsReuters – 3 hrs ago

    Reuters/Reuters – A Chinese military plane Y-8 airborne early warning plane flies through airspace between Okinawa prefecture’s main island and the smaller Miyako island in southern Japan, out over the Pacific, …more

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday after a Chinese military aircraft flew for the first time through international airspace near its southern islands out over the Pacific, in a move seen by Japan as underlining China’s maritime expansion.

    Ties between China and Japan have been strained by a territorial dispute over uninhabited East China Sea islets and hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a decisive victory in upper house elections on Sunday.

    Japan’s Defense Ministry said a Chinese Y-8 airborne early warning plane flew through airspace between Okinawa prefecture’s main island and the smaller Miyako island in southern Japan out over the Pacific at around noon and later took the same route back over the East China Sea.

    “I believe this indicates China’s move toward further maritime expansion,” Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters, in comments carried on public broadcaster NHK.

    Chinese government spokesmen were not immediately available for comment.

    The waters around the disputed islands, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, and which are to the west of Okinawa’s main island, are rich fishing grounds and the sea floor around them could hold big oil and gas reserves.

    Tension between China and Japan escalated last September when Japan bought three of the disputed islands from a private Japanese owner.

    Since then, patrol ships and aircraft from both countries have been shadowing each other in the sea and skies around the islets.

    That has raised fears of an unintended collision leading to a broader clash.

    Abe has pledged to take a firm stance in the territorial dispute, but said in his news conference following the upper house election win that Japan’s door was open to dialogue.

    (Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Robert Birsel)

    • superpilipinas

      We need the alliance with India, Vietnam, and Japan NOW.

      All-4-1 and 1-4-All against this bully.

      JPN should tap PH to assemble more F-2 fighters for both countries.

      • Laddy

        Man you Flips harp on about nothing, your know what happened to mutts that harp on and on?? they get kicked up the back side.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        just like you

      • Laddy

        Don’t worry ill harp on Just like you Flips. maybe then you get a taste of your own medicine, Hypocrite!

      • hagakhak

        you should drink the medicine of your own to make you overdosed and you will sing a lot of fake facts again black azz gorilla!!

      • Laddy

        I love racist Pigmys hahah the funny sort LOL the same Sort that pollute Hawaii

    • 3xposed

      “aircraft flew for the first time through international airspace”

      Much ado about nothing.

      • superpilipinas

        you probably don’t understand how important deterrence is. to all countries, a fly-by sparks a diplomatic protest and strains relationships.

      • 3xposed

        Then you would understand that US and Japanese surveillance flights that happens quite frequently does the same in regards to protest and relationship strains. I trust you are objective enough to see this, can’t harp about others if one commits the same offense.

      • Hugo.

        probably the u.s. has been “straining” relationships with just about every nations in the world by spying on them and to gather intelligence with satellites, drones, spy planes, spy ships, and cyber forces.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        lets have a japanese plane fly close to china and lets see what will happen. and chinese newspapers have been saying okiniwa belongs to them and they want it back.

      • 3xposed

        US planes do it all the time, so it’s merely some reciprocation. Afterall, it’s always touted as international space. So what exactly is the commotion today? It’s only international space for some, not for others?

        Quote which Chinese newspaper says Okinawa is theirs? Don’t confuse questioning if Okinawa belongs to Japan as the same as claiming its Chinese. It’s not.

      • Laddy

        I love whingey FLIPs. My potential mother in law whinged and whined and started kicking her Flip Flopls at more door step.. Care to know more of the story.

  • blue_lights

    they were busy scouting for marine life that they can poach

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Pustahan kakampihan ni pokpokdailsy12 itong mga kababayan niya?

  • PagpagLasangPino-cchio

    Fck the Japgooks and the brown Indo Malayo Pino Monkeys!

    • pfckulapu_parin

      TANGA, Bakit wala ka sa forum last SONA….Kasali ka sa rally.. Bukol inabot mo sa rally….

    • pfckulapu_parin

      Tanda na TANGA, Hangang padaandaan lang nag kayang gawin ng amo mongoloid. Takot maglanding sa isla nila……

      • PagpagLasangPino-cchio

        pfc Kuratoy, magkanong kita mo ngayon sa pangungutong? DIos Ko Santisimang Mangmang.

      • Laddy

        I love the Racism Pigmy… PPP Peon Pigmy Pinoy.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      fck bakbakannakoy the racist he is and for being a commie agent and chinese lover in more ways than one.

      • Laddy

        racist??? Hypocrite again!!. Half the people here are racist.. Why not join the Fun. Are you stupid? Pigmy

      • hagakhak

        black azz gorilla just relax, racist here are just pointing to only one race – the commi dog tsikwas including you

      • Laddy

        And your a (PPP) Peon Pigmy Pinoy. The servant maids of Asia hahha

      • Crazy_horse101010

        no i think you are speaking for your self pigmy i guess since im 6 foot 5 inches and wiegh around 220 pounds and there isnt many midgets in america or denmark to me you would would probably br a midget

      • Laddy

        your a big cockroach… i better call the pest control

      • Crazy_horse101010

        and im sure my iq is higher than yours by reading your grbage i not racist i hate commies understand i could care less what color a persons skin is, i ve worked for japanese, american indians and mexicans and worked with blacks also we were a band of brothers when your life depends on who is next to you race isnt important understand. and ive been in these forums a lot longer than you junior

      • Laddy

        Communists ideology and its implementation are long dead and buried. The world did not accept the Communism. It doesnt work .There is only cronyism now FLIP.. And you tell me your IQ is high??

  • purpledaisy13.

    China bugok!!!! China bulok!!!!! China lahing magnanakaw!!!!

    • Laddy

      Hey buk-buk.. did you eat and Balut lately? your breath stinks

      • hagakhak

        hoy bugok, nakita ko ang apat mong account names sa baba, ito lang yata ang trabaho mo buong araw ang magpost ng magpost ng pekeng truth as in pekeng duckoykoy kanoy. c guest hindi mo pa gnamit. possible mamaya gagamitin mo na ito.

      • Laddy

        Sorry I don’t speak Pigmy, its not an international language. buk buk doesn’t roll off well. a buk buk here and a buk buk there. buk buk everywhere

    • hagakhak

      agree!!!

    • Laddy

      Buk Buk LOL

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Mas bulok ka, TANGA, saan ka nanirahan ngayon…ingot….
    PATAY GUTOM…..

  • Crazy_horse101010

    JSEESUS PUKEEEEEEEE

  • hagakhak

    ikaw ang bulok. china bulok. laman-loob kasi kinakain mo!!

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