China ships in disputed waters – Japan coastguard


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. Japanese were voting Sunday, Dec. 16 in parliamentary elections that were expected to put the once-dominant conservatives back in power after a three-year break — and bring in a more nationalistic government amid tensions with big neighbor China. Japan’s largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe in particular has taken a tough stance toward Beijing in the election campaign amid a simmering dispute over the islands in the East China Sea that are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan. AP Photo/Kyodo News, File

TOKYO – Chinese government ships were in waters around disputed East China Sea islands Monday, Japan’s coastguard said, as a senior Japanese diplomat prepared for meetings in Beijing aimed at mending frayed ties.

Three state-run Maritime Surveillance vessels were clocked in seas off the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, which Beijing calls the Diaoyus and claims as its own, around 0000 GMT, the coastguard said.

Kyodo News Agency reported that Japan had made a formal protest to China about what it believes is an incursion into its sovereign waters.

It was the latest in a series of incidents at sea that have also included confrontations between warships, with Japan claiming Chinese vessels locked their weapons-targeting radar onto a ship and a helicopter.

Beijing has denied the charge, which rang alarm bells for commentators already warning of the growing possibility of a military exchange that could have disastrous consequences for the region.

The row between Asia’s two largest economies blistered in September when Tokyo nationalised three islands in the chain, in what it said was a mere administrative change of ownership.

Months of angry exchanges followed, with the diplomatic temperature rising all the time.

But North Korea’s nuclear test last week somewhat dampened the rhetoric, with the international community keen for China to come onboard a broad move to pressure its sometimes-irksome ally.

The Japanese foreign ministry is planning to dispatch Shinsuke Sugiyama, in charge of Asian and Oceanian affairs, on Tuesday for talks with Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, local media said.

Sugiyama was also expected to meet Luo Zhaohui, chief of Asian affairs at the Chinese foreign ministry, to discuss Tokyo’s concerns about the radar incident.

The Japanese foreign ministry said Sugiyama was going to China for a meeting, but declined to discuss whether he would meet with his Chinese counterparts.

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  • Night

    palubugin mo na yan Japan…. gusto mo mawala sa economic malaise… mang gera ka tulad ng America!!! 

  • johnchamp

    Japan should not be like Philippines, begging for the grandfather US for help or cry like a baby and be laughed at in the international scene. Japan should stand on its own by showing China that they mean business, just sink those obselete ships and China will slip its tail under the legs.

    • Mamerto

      Highly Risky.
      Could lead to worst scenario.
      Again, it could be the “stone” that could stop a Chinese-Goliath.!

      • Mark Rcca

        It’s a risk they may have to take, if they want to keep the islands.  I don’t want US to be involved – this is not our fight. if Japan wants allies, they should seek them among their neighbors.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    chinese goverment strike again!

  • Mark Rcca

    interesting to watch them play this taunting game once a week or so…  once in a while something unusual happens,  they send an airplane, or lock ship radar..  then it goes back to the surveillance ships again, and everyone calms down.  Over time, everyone gets used to it.  The Chinese have a pretty good strategy I have to say.  

    • Mamerto

      With such a strategy…, what can “Fighter-Planes” do..? 
      Or those large war-ships/destroyers/cruisers., what can they do., in 
      such a “wait&see” situation..?
      Nothing better than a well-armed/hi-tech modern-patrol-boats…, several of them.

  • w33k3nd3r

    This is one of the few moments when I wish Japan was like the Imperials that they were during world war 2; to defend themselves.

  • Ngiping Dilaw

    Dapat itulad na sa Iraq ang China. North korea at China will be the next Iraq. Bully naman tong China at me pagka swapang pa! Lahat daw ng islet sa South China Sea ay kanila.

  • Fred

    red china talaga oo, iba ang ginagawa, iba ang sinasabi.
    Ang gulo, ang hirap pagkatiwalaan.

  • goldelguira

    China will create wars and tension among nation in Asia Pacific Region fueling tense in the regional conflict China’s creation

  • Tnosce

    Archaeological site of interest ? ” Mu ” y.t.

  • Komen To

    This time affected Asian countries should unite to fight a common enemy, the Asian bully

  • Dag Erickson

    This is China’s style- they will violate you first, and see how you gonna react.  

  • MostHatedRace

    Bombahin na yang china na yan. Kaya ng Japan yan. Suportado ka ng Pinas

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