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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. 


Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 February, 2013, 5:45am

Beijing has stepped up its propaganda efforts to show its sovereignty over disputed islands in the East China Sea as tensions between China and Japan linger.

In a rare move, state-run China Central Television broadcast live footage on Thursday of three Chinese maritime surveillance vessels operating in waters around the Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.

The three vessels sailed into the waters at around 5am on Thursday and sent warnings in Chinese and English to Japanese patrol boats, asking them to leave.

CCTV reported that the vessels encountered strong winds, but that visibility was the best it had been over the Lunar New Year holiday. A CCTV reporter on one of the vessels, the Haijian 50, said it sailed to within 13 nautical miles of the disputed islands, and similar patrols would be made in the future.

"The Diaoyu Islands are the inherent territory of China," the reporter said.

State media have run high-profile reports of drills by the People's Liberation Army and patrols by the State Oceanic Administration in recent days, stressing that crew members and soldiers had sacrificed their Lunar New Year family reunions to protect the nation's sovereignty.

Tensions between China and Japan have been escalating since September, when the Japanese government announced it was purchasing three of the five uninhabited islands.

In remarks that are likely to heighten tensions, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Thursday that Japan had the right to develop the ability to make a pre-emptive strike ahead of an imminent attack given a changing security environment - although it had no plan to do so now.

When an intention to attack Japan is evident, the threat is imminent, and there are no other options, Japan is allowed under the law to carry out strikes against enemy targets

Onodera made the remarks after North Korea conducted a nuclear test - its third - on Tuesday, but the remarks could upset China and South Korea, which have reacted strongly in the past to such suggestions.

"When an intention to attack Japan is evident, the threat is imminent, and there are no other options, Japan is allowed under the law to carry out strikes against enemy targets," Onodera told Reuters in an interview, adding that Japan still observed peace-oriented diplomacy.

Onodera also called for the setting up of a hotline between China and Japan to prevent any accidental clashes over the disputed islands.

Tensions between the two nations appeared to be easing after a visit to Beijing by Natsuo Yamaguchi, an envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who called for a high-level bilateral summit when meeting Communist Party chief Xi Jinping last month.

But tensions flared again last week when Tokyo alleged that Chinese frigates had locked fire-control radar on a Japanese destroyer and military helicopter last month. Beijing denied the claims.



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The New York Times ran an article this week that China even claims an island in the South China Sea that does not exist.
The claim had been staked by imperial Chinese cartographers more than a hundred years ago and it based on a translation mistake of British ocean maps.
It is quite interesting to see that China in the 21st century pursues 100-year-old claims of imperial China for non-existing territory and it displays impressively what a farce the whole thing is.
It's also interesting to see the US continue to claim Hawaii as the 50th state when it is clearly documented US marines illegally helped American citizens overthrow the Hawaiian Kingdom. When the islands voted itself to be a state in 1959, the overwhelming majority of the population are not native Hawaiians so to say they democratically chose to be part of the US is a farce as well. BTW, the Chinese claims were made in the 1930s, Imperial China no longer existed. ROC existed and ROC still exists.
Furthermore, claims made in the 1930s predate modern UNCLOS so to try and assess the process with the timeline backwards is disingenuous. There are many modern maritime boundaries today that don't make sense under UNCLOS, when will these be undone then? China did not sign onto UNCLOS blindly, they made declarations of what did not follow the guidelines to UNCLOS and this was no exception for China as many other nations that signed on had their own declarations of exemptions. The article proceeds to question if China will commit to "rule of international law". Well, considering the US doesn't even want to sign onto UNCLOS, that question is loaded.
r u suggesting bcause of this NYT article the chinese has no legitimate claims over the Diaoyus? only white trash read NYT!!! we only use NYT to wipe our ****
Well said.
If the white trash like NYT practises what they preached, it should have explained on what immoral ground that U.S can pass the Islands to Japan when the ownership of the Islands belongs to China.


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