7 Chinese coast guard ships sail into disputed waters

TOKYO —

Seven Chinese ships sailed into waters around islands at the center of a bitter dispute with Japan on Tuesday, the day before the anniversary of Tokyo’s nationalisation of part of the chain.

The Chinese coast guard flotilla is the biggest seen in waters around the Tokyo-administered Senkakus since eight government ships were tracked there in April, a spokesman for the Japanese coast guard said.

Official media in China, citing the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), said it was the 59th “patrol” of the area since September 2012, when Tokyo took the islands into public ownership.

Beijing claims the archipelago as its own and calls the islands the Diaoyus.

Japan’s coast guard said the vessels had entered Japanese territorial waters around 10:30 a.m.

The incident came almost a year to the day since the long-running dispute over the ownership of the islands flared into a bitter row that continues to dog relations.

The islands—believed to harbor vast natural resources below their seabed—are seen as a potential flashpoint that some observers fear could lead to armed conflict between the Asian giants.

On Monday, Japan scrambled fighter jets after an unidentified drone flew near the islands. The drone did not enter Japanese airspace.

On Sunday, Japan tracked Chinese bombers that flew in international airspace between two islands in the Okinawa chain. Tokyo said was the first time they had used that route to get to the Pacific.

(C) 2013 AFP

  • 12

    StormR

    China the petulant Child really is trying very hard to provoke Japan now and they will probably try to ramp things up now Tokyo has been awarded the games.

    Sailing around and in waters near these islands serves no other prupose other than to stir trouble.

    China is fast going from Child the Child to China the Brat.

    Maybe in return when china's athletes arrive in japan to compete in the olympics they are all refused visas.

  • 4

    TheDevilsAssistant

    Chinese coast guard ships sail into disputed waters

    Anyone else also tired of hearing and reading about this already? It's the same article title with the number of ships/boats/planes changed.

  • 6

    Graham DeShazo

    Wow, they are really making a pain of themselves.

  • 8

    Wakarimasen

    This really is getting boring. Time to torpedo one and then deny all responsibility (like NK).

  • 7

    lostrune2

    So now it's 7 coast guard ships!

    They're not making this very subtle.

  • 1

    gokai_wo_maneku

    Defectors who want to participate in the Olympics!

  • -21

    Tiger_In_The_Hermitage

    Whats the big deal..... I can't see how its a provokation. If no hostility is harboured, there should not be any resentment. Japan can send ships etc... I find insulting to have US navy in Japanese waters and docked at our shores.

  • 4

    wildwest

    I wonder whom exactly in China is responsible for this behind this provocation. Surely not all the Cineese people know, agree, and care about this issue there government is wasting all there money and relationship on. Perhaps it's time to play the man/ men responsible and not THE CHINEESE GOVERNMENT. Then the Chineese and the worlds people will know who is causing this raucous, like the Phillipines, where they have big in building. Perhaps Japan should go ahead and build on the islands rather than Ishigaki.

  • 0

    GalapagosnoGairaishu

    Gunboat diplomacy!

  • 3

    roughneck

    I know the solution for all these "Disputed" Islands..AKA rocks on the sea....Send all those radiated things from Fukushima there....China, Korea, Taiwan, Russia...all will stay very far away!!

  • 6

    hidingout

    More provocations ... a day after telling their neighbors how to behave.

    Sigh.

  • 8

    JeanValJean

    " I can't see how its a provokation."

    Try taking off the blindfold.

  • 9

    gogogo

    China will try to force Japan's hand then claim the Japanese side started it all.

  • 2

    Farmboy

    Just a little while ago, this appeared:

    (Reuters) - China said it would not tolerate provocation on Tuesday after Japan's top government spokesman said the country might station government workers on disputed islands in the East China Sea to defend its sovereignty.

    I'm guessing Japan's next move after stationing the government workers will be to have a Yoshinoya branch for them to eat in. Maybe, as a goodwill gesture, they could sell cheeseburgers to passing Chinese ships from floating platforms.

  • 6

    SecularBeast

    @TigerInThe_Heritage - As a regular CCP booster, you'd be apoplectic if Japan was sailing ships into Chinese waters every other day. Your faux indignation at the presence of US ships in Japanese ports is laughable.

  • 5

    Sentiments

    Well it is interesting to see how the situations seems to get a bit hotter this time a year. I think 7 ships directly after the media statements about governmental workers on the islands is proof enough that all provoking ships and planes are under direct control from the government. Now why would Hong become so scared after such a vague statement from Japan that he has to send twice as many ships as most of the other routine trips?

  • 3

    Saul Schimek

    this will not end well

  • 7

    CGB Spender

    If somebody plays the game as dirty as China does, then it's often the best (and only working) way to play back dirty, but smart.

  • -7

    iWorld

    Anyone in the Japanese government are expecting anything less than this after they nationalized the disputed islands are fooling themselves.

    This is only the beginning.

  • 1

    JoeBigs

    If you catch a burglar in your home what would you do?

    I for one would beat the living @^%& of him.

    When Article 9 is no more Japan can start doing the same thing to these PRC burglars.

  • 6

    OssanAmerica

    iWorldSep. 10, 2013 - 09:27PM JST Anyone in the Japanese government are expecting anything less than this after they nationalized the disputed islands >are fooling themselves.

    So why do Chinese get bent over "nationalizing"? The J-govt bought 3 of the 5 islands from JAPANESE CITIZENS. What difference does that make to China? In addition one of the 5 islands has ALWAYS been owned by the J-govt and the US used it as a live bombing practice site until the late 70s which never bothered China. This harping on "Japan nationalized the islands" is seer nonsense, since the Chinese government ordered the trawler to the Senkakus to cause an international incident in 2010, well before the J-govt purchase.

    This is only the beginning

    Of what? WWIII with China fighting the entire world? Probably the best thing that could happen to China and the only way to get rod of the one-party dictatorship.

  • -4

    sveinnyves

    right as plan, slowly increase the ships, overwhelm, conquer!

  • 2

    praack

    time to put a navy base on the island and a toll booth in the sea- then charge toll to the Chinese ships....

  • -1

    Shimizu Jan

    war is also a Solution!! China is not yet ready for war with Japan!! I think Japan should start sending boats to china territory too lets see how they will feel about it****

  • -1

    nigelboy

    The JCG will build 10 more surveillance ships by 2015 and there is even a talk about stationing a personnel there so the days of these chicken $hit incursions by Chinese are numbered. The more incursion, the faster the implementation.

    The Yonaguni city council just passed a resolution to lease the property to Japanese government where they plan to build a base with 200 military personnels. Since the island is only 150 km away from Senkaku, we're talking roughly minutes for air deployment.

  • -3

    iWorld

    Of what? WWIII with China fighting the entire world? Probably the best thing that could happen to China and the only way to get rod of the one-party dictatorship.

    Of China re-nationalized the islands, perhaps? Just because your government supports and have forces in Japan doesn't mean it, or the world, are will fight and die for Japan.

    there is even a talk about stationing a personnel there so the days of these chicken $hit incursions by Chinese are numbered. The more incursion, the faster the implementation.

    If Japan put personnel on the island, it won't stop China's regular and routine patrols to the islands at all. It will forces China to put forces on the island too.

  • -2

    nigelboy

    If Japan put personnel on the island, it won't stop China's regular and routine patrols to the islands at all. It will forces China to put forces on the island too.

    How is this possible when the JCG is harrassing them? We're not talking about the islands of South China Sea where China could just bully their way to deploy personnel on the islands with minimal resistance.

  • 4

    gelendestrasse

    China really needs to understand that they are behaving the way the Japanese and Germans did prior to WWII. Those who don't learn from history really do seem to be doomed to repeat it....

  • 7

    Frederick Shapiro

    Those dogs are relentless. Just skirting the Islands to see how far they can go before Japan shoves them back! It is interesting that China who sits on the UN Security Council, and has something to say about everything that is only in their best interests is not looking for “World Opinion” to move towards their claims! I am sure Russia would take China's side, but then the "Free World" countries are there to make all that go away. Cat and mouse games only lead to angry responses. Not a happy thought! However Japan must stay strong, and sooner than later become more offensive! Japan in its sovereignty must be as relentless as those Chinese dogs!

  • -2

    iWorld

    How is this possible when the JCG is harrassing them? We're not talking about the islands of South China Sea where China could just bully their way to deploy personnel on the islands with minimal resistance.

    Well, JCG's harassment of CCG haven't stop CCG from routine patrolling to those islands. What will JCG do differently once Japan start to station personnel on the islands?

  • 0

    nigelboy

    Well, JCG's harassment of CCG haven't stop CCG from routine patrolling to those islands. What will JCG do differently once Japan start to station personnel on the islands?

    CCG hasn't really "patrolled" these islands. They have, on time to time, encroached upon the territorial waters. China has absolutely no clue as to the topography and landscape of these islands and to add further, having a Japanese government officially "occupy" the island physically means that their continued encroacment serves absolutely no purpose other than to tell the rest of the world that their intentions are to forcefully capture the islands.

  • 2

    tyvtgo1US

    And China at it again trying to take what is not theirs. The trouble maker in east and south Asia. Very sickening by the childish communist regime that keeps its people silent and deceived through all tactic they can possibly think of. But what to expect from the life time "want to be" dominators of Asia. This has been there dream from the beginning. Proof of this was sacrificing 10's of millions, starving their people to death during the great leap backwards in the late fifties and early sixties, for this reason alone, to have domination in the region, these ruthless self empowered leaders have not changed and seems they will never, take a look at Tibet and the forced rule upon them and China making them a minority in their own country and China's aggression against them, killing them at will, shooting them in the back when trying to escape, this being the same tactics used against the Chinese people themselves just not too long ago, that it seems the people of China completely forgets or just ignorant to. So is it a surprise the Chinese people backs China's aggression towards everyone today when they do not even understand their own past history. Mental manipulation at its finest!

  • -3

    OssanAmerica

    iWorldSep. 11, 2013 - 12:57AM JST "Of what? WWIII with China fighting the entire world? Probably the best thing that could happen to China and the only way to get rod of the one-party dictatorship." Of China re-nationalized the islands, perhaps? Just because your government supports and have forces in Japan >doesn't mean it, or the world, are will fight and die for Japan.

    So you are saying China is willing let it's people die for these rocks?

    If Japan put personnel on the island, it won't stop China's regular and routine patrols to the islands at all. It will forces >China to put forces on the island too.

    LOL. Go ahead and say hello to the US 7th Fleet.

  • -4

    iWorld

    CCG hasn't really "patrolled" these islands. They have, on time to time, encroached upon the territorial waters.

    What, do you expect those ships to walk on the islands?

    So you are saying China is willing let it's people die for these rocks? LOL. Go ahead and say hello to the US 7th Fleet.

    I think China are willing to fight for its sovereign lands that it believes its theirs. As an American citizen, why do you think the US will fight and die for Japanese disputes of this island?

  • -5

    Wulfe N. Straat

    Wars kill people, lots and lots of people. The course that China has set for establishing its sovereignty is fraught with danger for the world.

    China could best have served its purpose by having ONE Chinese soldier invade the Senkakus and establish the PRC's flag on the soil.

    When the Japanese Self-Defense Force would arrive to remove that soldier, that soldier would hold a gun to his head and kill himself.

    Later, another Chinese soldier would occupy the islands and place a flag on the island, and there are many of them in the Senkakus. When the Japanese would arrive, he would hold a gun to his head. If anyone made a move to remove the flag, he would shoot himself in the head.

    When the Chinese then put another soldier on one of the islands with another PRC flag, the world would be watching, just as we watch the Tibetans who immolate themselves. If the Japanese approach the Chinese soldier, he shoots himself. The world doesn't want to see that.

    What more can be said for establishing sovereignty than a continual war that only suffers a dozen casualties, all of them KAMIKAZE

  • 0

    nigelboy

    What, do you expect those ships to walk on the islands?

    No. The better question is, what is that they (China) are "patrolling"? The funny thing is that it's always the JCG that's chasing CCG away from the territorial waters. Don't you think this is odd when the islands are totally unoccupied by both nations yet it's Japan that's forcing the rules.

  • -1

    sfjp330

    There is no historical narrative of Senkaku/Diaoyu islands which has been accepted by both sides. The problem is with nationalist perceptions of history is a political issue. The average Japanese and the average Chinese have two very different viewpoints on what happened during the history of hostilities. I don't see a leader from either side who is open-minded and willing and courageous enough to bridge the gap on the island dispute. There should be more of political leadership so that things don't continue to tear relations that affect both countries.

    China’s response to Senkaku/Diaoyu incident is further evidence that their economic superpower isn’t prepared to assume the responsibilities that go with that status. Major economic powers, realizing that they have an important stake in the international system, are normally very hesitant about resorting to economic warfare, even in the face of severe provocation. China showed no hesitation at all about using its trade muscle to get its way in a political dispute. What you have is a rogue economic superpower, unwilling to play by the rules. And the question is what Japan going to do about it.

  • -5

    iWorld

    No. The better question is, what is that they (China) are "patrolling"? The funny thing is that it's always the JCG that's chasing CCG away from the territorial waters. Don't you think this is odd when the islands are totally unoccupied by both nations yet it's Japan that's forcing the rules.

    Ships are patrolling the water around it. The Chinese CG stays till it finishes what it meant to do and leaves when they wants to, it have nothing to do with the CCGs. Chinese CG ships have been patrolling aorund the islands range from hours to more than a day.

  • 1

    nigelboy

    The Chinese CG stays till it finishes what it meant to do and leaves when they wants to, it have nothing to do with the CCGs. Chinese CG ships have been patrolling aorund the islands range from hours to more than a day.

    Til it finishes what exactly? You mean like capturing the footage of the islands and broadcast to their state controlled media that brainwashes their citizens that they "have" control of the islands. (Which, they do. LOL)

  • -5

    iWorld

    Til it finishes what exactly? You mean like capturing the footage of the islands and broadcast to their state controlled media that brainwashes their citizens that they "have" control of the islands. (Which, they do. LOL)

    To show that they are there and can be there if and when they wanted.

  • -4

    Asian2013

    If Japan is so sure that the Diaoyus belong to them, then let the international community decide based on historical facts. Maybe the Chinese government cannot think straight, but the international community including all the civilized nations on earth surely can. So why is Japan afraid? Surely all the ancient maps and historical records can be examined and verified and we will know who is telling the truth! Stop calling the millions of Chinese who neither hate the Japanese nor have an inkling where Japan is. Calling them names and f ing them will just show how childish you are!

  • -3

    sfjp330

    Asian2013 Sep. 11, 2013 - 05:58AM JST If Japan is so sure that the Diaoyus belong to them, then let the international community decide based on historical facts. Maybe the Chinese government cannot think straight, but the international community including all the civilized nations on earth surely can.

    Regardless if Japan and China went to ICJ, there is no guarantee that loser of the case will not follow the ruling that was not in their favor. Nobody is going to enforce the ruling anyway. So what does it matter? What is important the most for Japanese or Chinese politicians is the public opinion, and they will not respect the ruling that is not favorable on the sovereignty Senkaku/Diaoyu. So your back to square one.

  • 0

    nigelboy

    To show that they are there and can be there if and when they wanted.

    Which isn't hard to do since the islands are pretty much unguarded. Again. So what?

    If Japan is so sure that the Diaoyus belong to them, then let the international community decide based on historical facts

    Yes. Japan is already a signatory to Compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. Your move China.

  • -5

    OssanAmerica

    iWorldSep. 11, 2013 - 04:07AM JST "So you are saying China is willing let it's people die for these rocks? LOL. Go ahead and say hello to the US 7th Fleet. I think China are willing to fight for its sovereign lands that it believes its theirs. As an American citizen, why do you >think the US will fight and die for Japanese disputes of this island?

    The U.S. has already said so and China has already whined about. Why are you questioning what your own government believes?

  • -1

    iWorld

    Which isn't hard to do since the islands are pretty much unguarded. Again. So what?

    Really, there are many unguarded islands on the coast of China/South Korea/Russia , so lets see how easy it is for Japan to send CG to patrol around them.

    Yes. Japan is already a signatory to Compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. Your move China.

    Well, why don't Japan take South Korea and/or Russia to ICJ then?

  • 0

    livefull

    Better to have those islands (and all disputed islands) be under UN control, and no ultranationalists be allowed to stay on the islands. I think this will solve the problem. Japan can be freed from harassment and China has no reason to incurse near the isles, and the island can become 'peace zone.'

  • 2

    25psot

    For now this all look like some fishy psychological war but this tension may one day becoming the real thing so too avoid that both side must stay cool and watch not only it's neighbor but also own play.

  • 1

    nigelboy

    Really, there are many unguarded islands on the coast of China/South Korea/Russia , so lets see how easy it is for Japan to send CG to patrol around them.

    ???? Why?

    Well, why don't Japan take South Korea and/or Russia to ICJ then?

    Japan did ask both nations to settle the territorial dispute via ICJ. They both refused since they are not a signatory.

  • -2

    James Malicoat

    ****You people are all blind. Japan will start a war then turn to America to finish it and put us out even more money we dont have.

Login to leave a comment

OR
  • Reservations and Operations Executive

    Reservations and Operations Executive
    Destination Asia Japan、Tokyo
    Salary: ¥2.0M ~ ¥3.0M / Year
  • Marketing & Communications

    Marketing & Communications
    East West Consulting (イーストウエストコンサルティング株式会社)、Tokyo
    Salary: Salary negotiable
  • Country Manager

    Country Manager
    Gallo Japan KK、Tokyo
    Salary: Salary negotiable
  • Business Development Leader

    Business Development Leader
    GPlus Media K.K. / 株式会社ジープラス・メディア、Tokyo
    Salary: Salary negotiable Commission Based Depending on Experience
  • IT Operations Manager

    IT Operations Manager
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ

More in National

View all

View all