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China ships enter disputed waters, says Japan coastguard

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TOKYO – Chinese coastguard ships on Friday sailed into disputed waters at the center of a bitter row with Tokyo, officials said, a day after China blasted Japanese lawmakers for visiting a controversial war shrine.

The four government vessels spent about two hours within the 12-nautical-mile band around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands — which Beijing calls the Diaoyu islands — in the East China Sea.

Japan’s coastguard said the vessels had left territorial waters by 12:30 pm (0330 GMT) but remained in the area.

Following the incursion, Junichi Ihara, head of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, lodged a protest with a senior diplomat at the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo, Kyodo News agency reported.

Kyodo said seven ships were spotted just outside of the waters earlier Friday, before the four Chinese coastguard vessels entered the disputed waters.

The incursion came after Beijing on Thursday summoned Japan’s ambassador to condemn a visit by nearly 100 Japanese lawmakers to the Yasukuni shrine on the anniversary of Tokyo’s World War II surrender.

Japanese politicians’ visits to the site are seen as a slap in the face by neighboring nations, especially China and South Korea, which suffered from Tokyo’s imperialist expansion in the first half of the 20th century.

Friday’s incident was the latest in a series of incursions by Chinese ships as relations between Tokyo and Beijing plumb all-time lows.

Last week, the Japanese foreign ministry summoned Beijing’s envoy after Chinese ships spent more than a day in the disputed waters, marking their longest such incursion since the long-simmering dispute erupted again last year after Tokyo nationalized some of the chain.

The islands — believed to harbor vast natural resources below their seabed — are seen as a potential flashpoint that some observers fear could lead to armed conflict between the Asian giants.


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  • warillaman

    This retard chinks has no balls, as I said before, they just hover around, they can’t fire the first shot, that is all the world is waiting for.

    • SaintJames2011

      Agreed! Japan, U.S. and allies are already bored waiting for the first shot coming from China. If fact, what’s stopping China to invade Senkaku right now just like it’s trying to do now in West Philippine sea? Simply put, China has no balls.

    • Andrew PC

      But, still much better than the “macho” Philippines who ran away with tails between their legs when given a unarmed real challenge…and “fondly” started their usual playing victim fiasco !…LOL..LOL

      • warillaman

        we use our brains chink, he,he,he, where you are a idiot macho in our waters, you are dumb and braindead who don’t have anything to suppport your claim in a small room of UN ITLOS office, he,he,he, this is where battlegrounds should be, clashes with brains not bloodshed, dumb chink!!

      • Andrew PC

        LOL..look who is talking, who sound the war cry first, and now start playing victim instead….LOL, No wonder..LOL

  • kulas3

    China’s economy is down and is going down more !!! I went shopping at Sears…not a single product I bought is made from China and I feel good. There are a lot of stuff now from other countries… hooray!!! Down with made in China products.

  • delpillar

    “We share the destiny to be good neighboring countries” …. PRESIDENT ELPIDIO QUIRIno, after signing the release papers of more than 150 Japanese POW in MUNTINLUPA POW Prison Camp on July 7, 1953.

    It must have been difficult for President Quirino who lost his wife, children and other members of his family in the hands of Japanese soldiers. Add to this traumatic incident was his imprisonment and torture. Killing of his mother and three children happened in
    his full view in February 1945.

    His pardon was a magnanimous act of kindness that our leaders these days can learn from. I could just imagine how difficult it was for him to offer friendship to those who took part in committing unspeakable atrocities against his family and country.

    ___======> this is part of the blog about the JAPANESE POEM: THE NIGHT GOES ON IN THE HILLS OF MUNTINLUPA.

    Filipinos had moved-on.
    Filipinos continue to move-on.
    There is no Chinese trolls or Chinese lunatic mind can ever separate the true FRIENDSHIP between Japan and the Philippines.

  • teevenpolk

    China can do whatever they want in her perceived territories! You f&@king japs & flips can do so, as well! Just keep your f&@ king mouth shut & Prepare for whatever consequences it might bring!



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