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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 


China frigates 'aim radar' at Japanese amid sea dispute

Tokyo protests to Beijing over what analysts say were 'provocative' actions in the East China Sea

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 February, 2013, 11:23am

Chinese frigates allegedly aimed weapons-targeting radar at a Japanese destroyer and helicopter in two incidents last month, prompting Tokyo to lodge a protest with Beijing on Tuesday amid tensions over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

Analysts described the alleged actions as "provocative" as they could have been a precursor to firing missiles at Japanese forces.

"It is a threatening sign to Tokyo," said Antony Wong Dong, of the Macau-based International Military Association. Lin Chong-pin, Taiwan's former deputy defence minister, said: "It is a ramping up of action by Beijing to show its sovereignty."

It is a threatening sign to Tokyo. It is a ramping up of action by Beijing to show its sovereignty

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said that "something like fire-control radar was directed at a Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force destroyer in the East China Sea on January 30".

He said similar radar was beamed at a Japanese military helicopter on January 19.

Tokyo released undated pictures of the PLA frigates Linyungang and Wenzhou, which both belong to the East Sea Fleet and were allegedly involved.

Japan's foreign ministry lodged a protest with the Chinese embassy in Japan on Tuesday. The Chinese defence ministry press office was not reachable late yesterday and there was no immediate foreign ministry comment.

Onodera said the delay in announcing the incidents was due to the need to handle the cases carefully, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported, adding that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was briefed on Tuesday.

Citing military sources, the Asahi newspaper said the two countries scrambled fighter jets several times north of the Diaoyus on January 19, but no public announcements were made. Hours before the incidents, US secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke of opposing "any unilateral actions" seeking to "undermine Japanese administration [of the Senkakus]."

Sino-Japanese ties have deteriorated since September when the Japanese government announced the purchase of three uninhabited islands in the East China Sea - called the Diaoyus in China and Senkakus in Japan. Tensions appeared to have eased in recent weeks after visits to Beijing by a member of Japan's governing coalition and two former Japanese prime ministers.

Ni Lexiong, director of the sea power and defence policy research institute at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, described the radar incidents as "a warning by the Chinese military to the Japanese vessels". "It is a face-off between the two countries," he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Tokyo summoned Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua after reports that two Chinese surveillance vessels sailed in Japanese waters near the islands on Monday. Cheng rejected the claims.

Additional reporting by Agence France-Presse, Minnie Chan


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China might want to make it look like Japan is trying to abuse its power and the problem is with Japan. Truth is China is in conflict with Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, India and Philippines to name just a few. So the question is, is this Japan claiming territory that doesn't belong to him or is it China claiming that the whole China Sea belongs to her and therefore creating conflict? When your two closest allies in Asia are North Korea and Myanmar some of the two most repressive country, you might have to start thinking if its bad war time Japan trying to get a foot out of an inch or China's now becoming a super-power wanting to start getting territory herself now that she can, which she couldn't before.
thru' the 2008 recession, the War Industrial Complex has been thriving. ammo, missiles, fighter jets, drones, ships, boats, surveillance tech, cyber tech... all high value merchandise translated to lots of high paying jobs. another item of Bush/Obama "infrastructure" spending and "stimulus". war is good when you are the only few countries"monetizing" it.
I don’t think that there will be a war as long as we will not involve in-depth conflict and I will not think that will be our best interest. We should not forget a history of the Pearl Harbor. War is not the best solution for any dispute. Nobody wins when the war breaks out between Japan and China about the Diaoyutai disputes.
Japan occupied Diaoytai Island 1895, it was a part of Japanese war trophies, when Japan occupied Taiwan until its surrender at the end of World War II. Diaoyutais are approximately 120 nautical miles northeast of Taiwan and 200 nautical miles southwest of the Japanese island of Okinawa.

The United States administered them as part of the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands from 1945 until 1972, when the islands reverted to Japanese control under the Okinawa Reversion Treaty between the United States and Japan.

Yes, China is the only force of stability and prevents the repetition of history in the Asian continent. If you were a Nazi prisoner of war you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war; (by comparison) the death rate for Allied POWs held by the Japanese was nearly 30%. The Japanese slaughtered as many as 30 million Filipinos, Malays, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Indonesians and Burmese.
Unfortunately, dealing with Japan, one need more sticks than carrots. You give an inch, Japan will take a foot. I think that China has handled well in Diaoyutai dispute.
Jennie PC Chiang/江佩珍 02/05/13 美國
hard times !
of course it was a provocative and dangerous act which might trigger a war (even just a small-scaled one) betweent the two powers in East Asia.Targetting another country's warship or military helicopter with weapons-targetting radar was a hostile act which was provocative and risky enough.The navy of the PLA should be cautious not to stage an unnecessary war which would see no winners but just losers and the big loser might be the PRC herself----economy retreats to three decades ago and big losses of soldiers and weapons as well since Japan will certainly aided by the superpower America once there is a war between China and Japan and Taiwan won't like to see Diaoyu Islets controlled by the PLA since it is too close to Taiwan and the islets actually belong to Taiwan's Ilan county ----a part of the Republic of China--a political entity !!


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