China coastguard ships in disputed waters – Japan

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TOKYO – Four Chinese coastguard ships on Wednesday entered contested waters around a group of islands controlled by Japan but claimed by both countries, Japanese coastguard officials said.

The four vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around 7:30 am (2230 GMT Tuesday), the coastguard said.

It is the latest in a series of incursions by Chinese government ships in recent months around the Senkaku islands. Beijing also claims the islands, which it calls the Diaoyus.

Japan on Tuesday unveiled its biggest warship since World War II, a $1.2 billion helicopter carrier aimed at playing a major role in disaster and rescue missions, as well as defending sea lanes and Japanese territory.

The dispute over the island chain in the East China Sea has been cited as a potential flashpoint that could even lead to armed conflict between the Asian giants.

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  • notmeitsthedog

    Oh great. With increasing pressure from two neighbors, China and Nokor, Japan is contemplating on acquiring pre emptive capabilities that is being justified as within their defense only principle.

    Next thing we’ll see is Japan going nuclear. We don’t need another country arming with nukes. They’ve been nuclear capable for decades and some experts estimate that Japan can convert their stockpiles into weapons in as little as a year.

    From Pakistan to India to China to Russia and North Korea. It’s a long line of Nuclear armed neighbors capable of destroying everbody.

    If Japan goes Nuclear, South Korea will feel the pressure to follow.

  • Penny Lane

    Sol finally, the NBI recommendation and report are now public with the outcome as predicted. Next, lets see the entire video.

  • delpillar

    China admitted before (since the time of Mao and Deng) that the island belongs to Japan, ……. US says it belongs to Japan, the UN says it belongs to Japan.

    Even if (the present-day lunatic) China now thinks those islands should belong to China, the truth is that those are currently DO NOT BELONGED TO THEM so, hey LUNA CHINESE, YOU are simply entering Japanese TERRITORIAL waters.

    Take it to international court if you want them back.

    • .Hugo

      china’s deng said to leave the issue with future generations to solve, he didn’t say the diaoyu islands belong to japan.

      taking them back? well, chinese coast guards are already running daily patrols well within the diaoyu islands waters.

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