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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. 

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Chinese ships enter Japan's territorial waters despite Abe's warning

The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off the disputed islands

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 April, 2013, 12:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 26 April, 2013, 2:24pm

Three Chinese government ships entered Japanese territorial waters on Friday, the coastguard said, days after Japan’s premier vowed to expel any Chinese landing on a chain of disputed islands.

The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyu, around 9am, the Japanese coastguard said in a statement.

On Tuesday, eight Chinese government vessels sailed into the disputed waters, the biggest flotilla to sail there in a single day since Tokyo nationalised part of the island chain in September.

The move sparked an angry response from Tokyo, with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe vowing to “expel by force” any landing by the Chinese on the archipelago, which is believed to harbour vast natural resources below its seabed.

Abe’s comments came as China and South Korea launched diplomatic protests over a visit by nearly 170 Japanese lawmakers to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine in central Tokyo, seen as a potent symbol of Japan’s imperialist past and wartime aggression.

Since the nationalisation, state-owned Chinese ships have frequently spent time around the five disputed islands, also claimed by Taiwan.

 

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caractacus
In its new-found economic fortune, China is claiming ownership over the entire Sought China Sea and is becoming arrogant to the point where it risks becoming an Imperial aggressor of the kind it always accuses other nations of being.
Be careful what you wish for...
maecheung
How dare SCMP reported "Three Chinese government ships entered Japanese territorial waters"?
Reporting should be neutral when the "waters" is in dispute.
trebipek
funny to see in a Chinese (Hongkong) newspaper: "Japanese territorial waters"...
onepack
funny but dangerous games the two nations are playing.
 
 
 
 
 

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