Japan protests as China ships sail near disputed East China Sea isles

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China’s Haijing 2502 patrol boat sails into waters near the disputed Senkaku islands, in the East China Sea on Nov 6, 2016. PHOTO CREDIT AFP

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan protested to China on Sunday (Nov 6) after Chinese coast guard ships sailed into territorial waters of disputed islands in the East China Sea, Tokyo said.

Four Chinese vessels entered the waters surrounding the islets, called the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, around 10am local time (9am Singapore), according to Japan Coast Guard.

They left the territorial waters within two hours, the coast guard said.

The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the uninhabited, Tokyo-controlled islets.

Japan has routinely complained that China is escalating regional tensions by regularly sending ships to the island chain despite repeated protests from Tokyo.

On Sunday, Tokyo lodged a protest to China’s foreign ministry through its embassy in Beijing saying the islands are “an inherent territory of Japan,” while Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s office beefed up its team in charge of monitoring Chinese ships, a government official told AFP.

Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests through diplomatic channels this year over what it says have been a total 31 days of intrusions by Chinese vessels in the territorial waters.

China is also involved in maritime disputes in the South China Sea by claiming most of the area despite partial counter-claims by the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam.

But a UN-backed tribunal in July ruled that Beijing’s claims were invalid.

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Vietnamese fishing boat Dna 90152 sinking May 2014 after being rammed intentionally by a Chinese Coast Guard vessel

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 (Also shows examples of how China treats Vietnamese and Filipino fishermen…)

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 (This    article has links to several  others related to environmental issues in the South China Sea).

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Above Chinese chart shows China’s “Nine Dash Line.” China says it owns all ocean territory north of the Nine Dash Line. There is no international legal precedent for this claim.  On July 12, 2016, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said this claim by China was not valid.

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One Response to “Japan protests as China ships sail near disputed East China Sea isles”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

    Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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