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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. 


Japan lodges protest over Chinese patrol vessels near Diaoyu Islands

Complaint to embassy in Tokyo after coastguard reports three vessels entered disputed waters

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 February, 2013, 4:34am

Japan lodged an official protest yesterday after three Chinese maritime surveillance vessels entered disputed waters in the East China Sea.

Japan's coastguard said the three vessels entered waters around the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.

It was the first time Chinese vessels had sailed within 12 nautical miles of the disputed islands since Tokyo alleged on February 5 that Chinese frigates had directed fire-control radar at a Japanese destroyer and a military helicopter last month.

The incident put more strain on already tense bilateral ties. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said yesterday his ministry lodged a protest with the Chinese embassy in Tokyo.

"The incident cannot be accepted in any way," he said.

But China's State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement on its website the vessels were merely continuing a regular patrol. State media have given the operation extensive coverage, with China Central Television running live reports.

Sino-Japanese ties have deteriorated since September, when the Japanese government announced it was buying three of the five uninhabited islands. Tensions escalated after the radar lock-on allegations.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the incidents were "provocative" and "dangerous", but Beijing said the allegations were fabricated to spread the "China threat theory".

The Chinese military also stepped up training over the Lunar New Year holiday.

A People's Liberation Army Navy flotilla completed the year's first open-sea training exercise in the western Pacific Ocean and returned to Qingdao yesterday.

During the 18-day training exercise, the flotilla patrolled the South China Sea and conducted a joint anti-submarine exercise.

It also sailed through the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea, the Miyako Strait, the Bashi Channel and waters off Taiwan's east coast.

The flotilla was followed by unidentified foreign aircraft and warships for much of the time, Xinhua reported.

It said 26 training drills were conducted, with sailors on board saying they were willing to sacrifice their holidays to protect the nation's sovereignty.



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Dung Tran
China's action simply say: it **** on the world's face. With helped from American companies in the last 20 plus years, China is rich and powerful, and they think they can use force to take whatever they want! In fact China has already taken over lands, jobs, intelectural properties........ from all around the world!
China will just reject all of Japan's protests, as Japan just couldn't get into its head that Diaoyu Islands belong to China. As Japan is unwilling to relinguish control of the islands, at the appropriate time, China will just have to take forceful measures, even if means going to war with both US and Japan.
US and Japan had ignored two WW II treaties, requiring Japan to return Chinese territories, stolen or taken by violence, to China. That makes US and Japan, partners-in-crime, and technically, thieves. Japan's motive in controlling Diaoyu Islands is its attempt to rewrite history, if it were possible, to erase the history that it lost WW2 and to hold on to territories that it stole or took with violence, from China. US' intention is simply, the continual containment of Chinese military expansion within the first island chain, so as to create a chokepoint against China, in the East China Sea.
Japan proofs itself a liar, even denying that there was ever an agreement between the then leaders of China and Japan in 1972, to shelve the dispute over Senkaku/Diaoyu issue for future generations to solve. This denial was refuted by former US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who said that at the time of signing the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the People's Republic of China in 1978, China and Japan had decided to temporarily lay aside the issue of Diaoyu Islands sovereignty (see the video at ****www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNzykJyKz9A).
Lol, i cant read prc propaganda


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