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Chinese Ships Re-Enter Disputed Waters

Aerial photo from Kyodo News aircraft show Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, front, as Japan Coast Guard ship sails near disputed islands, East China Sea, Sept. 15, 2012.
Aerial photo from Kyodo News aircraft show Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No. 51, front, as Japan Coast Guard ship sails near disputed islands, East China Sea, Sept. 15, 2012.
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Four Chinese surveillance ships have entered waters near disputed Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, further intensifying a bitter territorial dispute.
Japan's Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba said Tuesday authorities have called on the ships to leave the Japanese waters, and that a complaint has been lodged with China's government.

In Beijing, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the four surveillance ships were patrolling waters near the islands, known in Japan as Senkaku and in China as Diaoyu. The spokesman also said China opposes what he called an illegal entrance into the waters by "Japanese right-wingers." He described the move as a "provocation."

China and Japan both claim control of the uninhabited islands, which are surrounded by rich fishing grounds and potential energy deposits. China has been sending patrol and surveillance ships and fishing boats into the area.
There are concerns the dispute may hurt the strong economic relationship between China and Japan, Asia's two largest economies.
Last week, Japanese coast guard ships exchanged water cannon fire with coast guard vessels and fishing boats from Taiwan, which also claims the islands.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

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by: Habi from: Canada
October 07, 2012 4:11 AM
Charlie from: UK
China is not a member of UN until 1971 because of cold war, Taiwan quit from UN after 1971 due to civil war and politics of China. China claimed Diaoyu islands from Ming dynasty, the reason China re-claimed Diaoyu island as its sovereignty in 1971 is mainly because US transferred administration (NOT sovereignty) of Ryukyu Islands (or Okinawa) to Japan without participation of China and Taiwan. Japan thought of Diaoyu islands as a part of Ryukyu Islands, but China and Taiwan regarded Diaoyu islands as a part of China. Many Japanese and some media misled people that China and Taiwan only claimed Diaoyu islands after UN announced potential gas reserve around Diaoyu islands, which is only trying to defame China and Taiwan. The key thing is China and Taiwan always claimed Diaoyu islands as sovereignty of China from Ming dynasty until now. Japan map before 1971 also showed Diaoyu islands is part of China, even from the Japanese map used in WWII in China, also showed Diaoyu islands is NOT a part of Japan (it means Diaoyu islands is a part of China).
Don't spout out rumors here. Diaoyu islands do belong to China and Taiwan from history and legal points of view, documents and all declaration have showed enough evidence that Japan robbed Diaoyu island from China in 1895 by invasion to China, and Japan doesn't want to follow Potsdam Declaration (1945) (US, UK, China, Russian) to return Diaoyu islands to China (New Japanese Fascist since Japan doesn't even want to talk about Diaoyu islands), what Japanese is doing is to rob Diaoyu islands again without talking, just like Japanese Fascist in WWII.
Please learn and read something before you blame Chinese and anybody else. You can search "731 Japanese Biological Warfare Program WWII", and nanjing massacre, and so forth and see what Japanese did to Chinese (1931-1945, totally 14 years in WWII), and Japanese has never paid any reparations to individual Chinese, China government, or Taiwan until now. Shame on Japanese!

by: Negeshabi from: Canada
October 07, 2012 3:31 AM

1. Samurai, you must be brainwashed by Propaganda of Japan. One professor from University of Calgary went to Japan last year and talked with his Japanese friends. He was shocked that Japan education didn't teach your guys Japanese Fascist and invasion to China, Korea and other Asian countries in WWII (it is distorted by cheating). So this may be the reason that you only blame Chinese and didn't reflect what Japanese has done to Chinese and other people in the past. Japanese damaged the entire China and has never paid any reparations to Chinese, no matter to individual Chinese, or China government, or Taiwan, don't even talk about help to Chinese before Japanese paid reparations and officially apologized to them. Do you know how many Chinese and other people were killed by uncultivated Japanese in WWII? Do you know how much money and treasures Japanese robbed from China and other Asian countries? Japanese invaded China from 1931-1945, and killed 30 million Chinese and cause huge damage to China, Japanese used biological weapons and other chemical weapons, and even used Civilian Chinese for experiments for Japanese biological weapons (e.g. 731 Japanese Biological Warfare Program WWII , you can even find them from websites). China still has some Japanese weapons left by Japanese army in WWII when Japanese invaded China. Can you, as a Japanese, say sorry to Chinese and all people killed by Japanese fascist in WWII before you blamed Chinese? I would say Japanese is still uncultivated until now since Japanese is violating international law, e.g. Cairo Declaration (1943) (US, UK, China), and Potsdam Declaration (1945) (US, UK, China, Russian) and doesn't want to follow these Declaration signed by Allies in WWII to talk with China and other allies, and just want to rob Diaoyu island again (please note that Japanese robbed Diaoyu island from China in 1895 and don't want to return these islands according to Potsdam Declaration (1945) (US, UK, China, Russian) after WWII. Shame on Japanese!

by: Samurai from: Japan
October 04, 2012 11:46 PM
People in the world, look at what Chinese are doing now against Japanese! Chinese are provoking Japanese in order to put the matter of Senkaku Islets into a disputed situation. Chinese must learn Japan has helped China grow economically, with much money and technology. Chinese must learn about gratitude. Chinese proverb says "who is supplied with enough food and clothing learns manners and ethics; however, they have never learned. Chinese are trying to rob Japan of Japanese inherent territory. Japanese will never bow to threats from uncultivated Chinese.

by: Hoang from: Canada
October 04, 2012 5:54 PM
To Jason from U.S.
You must be chinese. Vietnam gave China a bloody nose when China invaded Vietnam in 1979 by Vietnamese militia farmers and women. Vietnamese army freed Cambodia from Kmer Rouge genocide in 1979 while world did nothing.
China invaded Paracel islands from South Vietnam in 1973 at the end of Vietnam war with superior navy but the south Vietnamese navy killed many more Chinese ships. China killed defenceless Vietnamese on Spratly islands protesting China`s invasion. Chinese army and navy only fight the weak.

by: Jason from: US
October 04, 2012 11:14 AM

You need to stop listening to propaganda and face the facts. In the war between Communist Vietnam and China neither side won. China's goal was to get the Vietnamese troops out of Cambodia, and failed to achieve that, so instead they razed northern Vietnam. If Vietnam is so good, then why does China still control Spratley and Parcel Islands? I guess it's cause you guys know who's face will have the blood on it.

by: neon from: United States
October 03, 2012 6:44 PM
Its sad seeing how Japan is starting to shift away from its post war pacifism. Back in the 1970s Sino-Japan relations were pretty good, unimaginable given the history between the two. I feel Japanese nationalism is a byproduct of decades of economic stagnation and being surpassed by China economically. Japanese people need to have confidence in their nation and stop reverting to ultra nationalist policies for unity. So lets say the islands stay with Japan. Given the current situation, they're just junk. Japan can't develop them or the area around them unless they want to tank relations completely/risk conflict, and what the hell are you going to do with 5 rocks anyways? As long as this dispute is not resolved, they're worthless. Japan has possession of them since 1972 and has done nothing to them, and won't do anything for the decades to come at this rate.

by: Thanh from: USA
October 03, 2012 4:45 PM
We all know that this island is not belong to China. This country is just want to control everything. They steal our Vietnam land before. But look at the history, every time they want to use force against our country (VietNam), they end up with a defeat. That is the reason why all Vietnamese people did not lake China at all. They will get another bloody face soon

by: Giang from: Vietnam
October 03, 2012 11:46 AM
It is the fact that Senkaku belong to Japan now. china says its predecessor owned the island, I guess so does the world in very far in the pre-history. i am reducing the use of chinese product s in my family, if they can boycott Japanese products why can't we do with theirs. Boycott china....

by: Giang from: Vietnam
October 03, 2012 11:38 AM
A simple example, your grand grand...father had owned a land, but he sold it to his neighbor. Now you tell the neighbor's grand...son that your predecessor owned it so It must be yours. That is what china is talking about Hoang Sa and truong Sa of Vietnam and Senkaku of Japan, dont care about the past, we are living in the present and Senkaku belongs to Japan as Hoang Sa and Truong Sa are Vietnam's islands. Boycott china products!!!!!!!!!!

by: Charlie from: UK
October 03, 2012 11:32 AM
China is untrustworthy and incredible.It keeps claiming everything belonging to China in ancient times which is totally unacceptable.The Senkaku were uninhabited and unadministered rocks sticking out of the ocean that nobody bothered in the past.That was why when Japan annexed them into Okinawa prefecture in 1895,China did not care less.China only claimed them since 1972 because of the oil.China can not always get what it want by wielding economic and military influence and the threatened use of force.The UN is a joke.It fails miserably in its job to find fsir solutions to word problems and small nations still get bullied
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