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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 scrambles fighters to meet China plane

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 7:15pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 7:15pm

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said.

It said the Y-12 propeller plane did not enter airspace around the Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.

The aircraft headed back towards China after Japan’s military planes became airborne, defence officials said, declining to give further details.

The incident came as three Chinese government ships sailed into territorial waters around the islands, Japan’s coastguard said.

The three marine surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial zone off Uotsuri island shortly after 7.00am, the coastguard said in a statement.

It said the trio left the zone after just over two hours.

Thursday’s moves were the latest in a series by Chinese government ships since Tokyo nationalised three islands in the chain last September, reigniting the dispute.

They also came the day Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking about the islands dispute, cited British former premier Margaret Thatcher and her thoughts on a 1982 war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.


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PM of Japan just said in his policy speech that Diaoyu Islands are indisputably Japanese, and said they are their inherent territory.
However, the Japanese would not say that Ryukyu Islands (Okinawa) is their inherent territory, but then they go on to claim Diaoyu Island, an island beyond Ryukyu Islands, and is thousands of mile away from mainland Japan as their inherent territory (check out the map), does this make sense?
Japan's claim of Diaoyu Island as their inherent territory is like their claim on their killing of thousands of whale every year for the purpose of research ,
If I were a Japanese, I will find myself very very difficult to stand up to these claims on moral ground.
The Japanese should not just believe in what they are taught in national education by their own country, they should look up the history about the area by western countries and US since they do not believe in those by China.
I believe most Chinese still remember the in-air collision of US survillance plane and Chinese fighter jet off Hainan a few years ago?
Those EP-3 flights are originated from Japan and encorach on China's coast line on a regular basis (monthly, Weekly, even daily at times.)
course it doesnt make sense. Japan wouldnt even be near the islands if they didnt annex the Ryukyu Kingdom in the late 1800s. only after they did that, they claim Diaoyu. notice Japan did not get the Diaoyu when they took over Ryukyu. because it didnt belong to Ryukyu either.
if i was chinese would find it difficult to knowingly trying to steal anothers territory. whales is better than killing Tibetans which china does


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