Japan summons China envoy for first time under PM Abe

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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AP FILE PHOTO

TOKYO—Tokyo summoned the Chinese ambassador Tuesday for the first time under the new nationalist government to “strongly protest” against the presence of official ships in waters around disputed islands.

The foreign ministry said it told China to stop sending the vessels to the area around a chain controlled by Japan under the name Senkakus, but claimed by China as the Diaoyus.

Deputy minister for foreign affairs Akitaka Saiki met with Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua from around 11:00 am (0200 GMT) to protest against Beijing’s dispatching of four ships Monday, the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry on Monday lodged a protest with the Chinese embassy by telephone.

It summoned Cheng Tuesday for the first time since conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power on December 26 with promises of assertive diplomacy to confront a confident China.

The ministry last summoned acting Chinese ambassador Han Zhiqiang on December 13 to file a strong protest after Beijing sent an airplane to the area. Japan scrambled fighter jets in response.

It was the first incursion by a Chinese state aircraft into Japanese airspace anywhere since Tokyo’s military began monitoring in 1958.

In the meeting on Tuesday, Saiki “strongly protested over the Chinese public vessels’ entry and staying for a long time inside Japanese territorial waters, as well as strongly demanded that such incidents do not happen again,” the foreign ministry statement said.

Cheng responded by reiterating China’s claim over the islands, but said he will report Japan’s protest to Beijing, the foreign ministry said.

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  • Guest

    What? Maybe China is aiming for the entire Okinawa chain, not just the Senkakus.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    China should beware because its illegal activities might reawaken the Japanese militarists and suffer the consequences, same as it did during WWII. China should be contented by just bullying its smaller neighbors in ASEAN..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CHINESE GOVERMENT IS A DOG!!

  • bilango71

    Japan has been excercising restraint in the face of the Chinese “tantrum”.  It’s about time that the Chinese ambassadxr be summoned to see Mionister Abe.

  • Touch_Me_, Nuts!

    China is beginning to be island-hungry for whatever reason. To expand her borders is to make more of the 1 billion Chinese breathe better. A well-fed Chinese is a happy Chinese. hehehe  Could it be that bikini-lovers in China have mushroomed as of late that putting up island resorts for the politburo has become a novelty?  hehehe China says it’s not all about untapped oil but it’s all about the integrity of old maps. Who’s got an old map anyway except Marco Polo or Limahong? hehehe The Mongols can claim parts of Europe too in that case because Attila Hun went up that far looking for more blood. hehehe The current Chinese philosophy will not stand, and it’s not even in accord with  fortune cookie philosophy. hehehe  Btw,  even fortune cookies are claimed to be of Chinese origin. hehehe  Wrong! Can’t really trust a nipping Chinese! hehehe

    • rhan duke

      What old maps? Ridiculous. If that be the case, then Italy could own the whole of Europe and Asia territories conquered by the Roman Empire. Im sure it has map too. China knew that these islands it grabbing are sources of wealth – black gold and trillion of gas deposits. Histories chronicles of greed for power (Hitler, etc) failed.  Nations of the world wont tolerate greed and tyranny to ever reign again..

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