Japan summons China envoy in island row


In this Sept. 2, 2012 file photo, the survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. AP FILE PHOTO

TOKYO—Tokyo summoned China’s envoy Tuesday in protest after what it says was another incursion into its territorial waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Beijing.

“The foreign ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador over ships entering the waters near Senkaku islands,” said a foreign ministry official, referring to a chain claimed as the Diaoyus by Beijing.

The move comes after Chinese state vessels spent much of Monday in waters around the islands and as the two sides show no sign of backing down in a dispute that has badly affected trade between Asia’s two largest economies.

Two maritime surveillance boats arrived in the area shortly before 9:30 a.m. (0130 GMT), the Japanese coastguard said, with Kyodo News reporting they had remained there for around 14 hours.

Chinese ships have repeatedly ventured into the waters, in what observers say is Beijing’s bid to create a “new normal” in which Tokyo does not have effective control over the archipelago.

A Chinese government plane entered the chain’s airspace in December, setting off sorties by Japanese fighter jets.

In recent weeks both countries have dispatched military planes to the region, although there have been no clashes.

But analysts say the ramping up of rhetoric and the more frequent confrontations raise the risk of an accidental armed conflict.

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  • Cano Manuel

    “But analysts say the ramping up of rhetoric and the more frequent confrontations raise the risk of an accidental armed conflict.”

    There is no such thing as accidental armed conflict. Everything is a calculated risk.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AUNBI66J3EGEPMV5LFCN53OUGI JEO

    Shyna must acts as a good citizen to gain respect. our country must prepare from now own and stop being stupidly complacent!

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

    The big bully has found its match. China’s posturings has no effect on Japan’s resolve to protect its own. PHL should emulate Japan.

  • pinoypower

    China is literally testing the waters by sending maritime surveillance vessels in disputed territories. By itself it is provocative and at the same time the action is to gauge the reaction of the other party. Japan is quick in its military and diplomatic responses. The Philippines should do the same in future if we are to show China our determination and resolve to protect what is ours. And please… no more backchannel negotiations for Trillanes. We lost control of Panatag because of his inept negotiations.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K63PQGGWTWPALHJE7FMKKPAOCE Public

    I’m starting to doubt what does it mean to have “effective control”?CHINA-to-JAPAN: “…Tokyo does not have effective control over the archipelago”CHINA-to-PHILIPPINES: While CHINA already controlled West Philippines Sea.Does it mean that “effective control”,… “NO MARITIME CONFRONTATION” is happening?Meaning…JAPAN-TO-CHINA: Japan cannot “effectively control”, by stopping Chinese incursion.CHINA-TO-JAPAN: China cannot “effectively control”, because Japan is guarding the teritory.While…PHILIPPINES-TO-CHINA: Philippines cannot “effectively control”, because of being maritime intimidation and inferiorities.CHINA-TO-PHILIPPINES: China “CAN EFFECTIVELY CONTROL”, because Philippines is intimidated and does not want to create trouble.See the difference? “Effective control” is labeled when a state is controling the island and “CAN STOP ANY INCURSION”.Question for Philippines: Are we showing to China, that they don’t have “EFFECTIVE CONTROL” over Scarborough and Spratly Islands?Just a thought….

  • reforms

     What if Japan raise this issue to UN like just what Philippines did…..

    • Carnal

      Senkaku island is nearer to China than Japan. I guess that wouldn’t work out.

      • reforms

         are you a chinese?

      • wakats

        In like manner, Panatag Shoal and Mischief Reef are within stone’s throw of Philippine shores but almost a thousand miles from hainan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    Like the Philippines, Japan does not have concrete basis to backed up their claim except for the statement that the US allowed it to administer those isles.
    Methinks that these disputes will be drawn long into the future if all parties do not express sincerity in their talks. If all parties think that their sovereignty cannot be compromised, there will be no end to the disputes except by forceful means.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XFDF3NH7PWQRI75G4WCD5QG2SI Francis

      Really? Why does China won’t go with the Philippines in UNCLOS? 

    • Chihuahua

      The islands were sceded to japan by the last ching dynasty as a result of the sino-japan war of 1890’s. Japan took advantage of a weak china at the time when the ching dynasty was at its last grasps. China was then preoccupied with internal civil war, western exploitation, japanese incursion and world war 2. After the 2nd world war the islands were supposed to be returned back to china as part of the surrender agreement. however, due to the korean war and the ensuing cold war, usa continued to hold the island as part of the okinawa base line of defense and turn their control to japan illegally. About 40 years ago, japan and china agreed to let the dispute on the issue as status quo until the time is ripe to mutually discuss again in the future. Japan’s right wing government reneged on the agreement and instead unilaterally nationalized the islands effectively scrapping and betraying the 40 years agreement. This was the immediate cause of the current dispute. Japan is leaning towards the right wing government. The same party that advocated the rewriting of hstorical textbooks to justify their entry and conduct during ww2. This right right government also continued to worship and pay homage to the war criminals whose cremated remains are in the official shinto yakasune shrine. The same war criminals responsible for the bataan death march, brutality towards POW and civilians and responsible for millions of death. This is the fact surrounding the disputed islands.

    • Cyrus Vincent Lopez Tronco

      It has concrete basis by the Treaty wherein China surrenders in perpetuity its claim to those island.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

      What does concrete basis mean to you? Are you a Chinese national by any chance? We have proven over and over of our rock solid basis of sovereignty over the West Philippines Sea.

    • lourda

       That is why the Philippine  went to arbitration, she wants to solve this through International Tribunal, and inviting China to go to UNCLOS but China opposed this, why? Because China has no bases for her claims, can’t give Clarification for her 9 dash line, China is one of the ratified Signatory of UNCLOS. Maybe you don’t know this? we are living now in the 21th century a modern civilization, there are International Laws and Agreements to be fallowed.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2JVSEXTMANAEZGLOSZGWJYW67Q Jess

      Hary, do you know what is the “law of the sea’? That is recognized in international and maritime law. But the Chinese, have their own law, driven by their greed to have more territories. They do not respect any law except their own. They cause a lot of trouble to others.

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


  • PureBloodedPinoy247

      He he he remember kababayan na high tech din military ng Japan, meron
    din silang modern jet fighters, bombers and missiles that can hit
    china…Pasabugin lang ng Japan ang St. Georges Dam, tiyak napakalaking
    pinsala na ang matatamo ng China, bukod sa mga tao, environment at
    natural resources. Napakalaking baha at water rush/wash ang raragasa sa
    mga libo libong villages along its path na matao…..easy easy lang
    tayo…he he he he…ito po ay halimbawa lamang po na pwedeng gawin ng
    Japan sa China o ika nga eh isa sa mga options na very
    damaging/devastating para sa China.

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