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Japan: Chinese Ships Enter Territorial Waters

An aerial photo from Kyodo News shows Chinese ocean surveillance, fishery patrol ships and a Japan Coast Guard patrol ship (R and 2nd L) sailing about 27 km (17 miles) west from a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, September 18, 2012.
An aerial photo from Kyodo News shows Chinese ocean surveillance, fishery patrol ships and a Japan Coast Guard patrol ship (R and 2nd L) sailing about 27 km (17 miles) west from a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, September 18, 2012.
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Japan's Coast Guard says at least two Chinese government vessels have entered territorial waters near Japanese-controlled islands, as a dispute escalates on the sensitive anniversary of Japan's invasion of China.

The vessels are among 11 Chinese ships spotted Tuesday near the East China Sea islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.  Japanese authorities earlier turned away another Chinese patrol ship.

Two Japanese activists briefly landed on one the islands Tuesday, prompting an angry response from China's Foreign Ministry, which called the act a "gravely provocative" violation of Chinese sovereignty.


The dispute over the mostly uninhabited islands led to a day of anti-Japan protests in major cities across China.  In Beijing, at least 1,000 protesters marched outside the Japanese embassy, holding signs, chanting nationalistic slogans and calling for China to defend its claim to the islands.  Many Japanese companies, including Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Panasonic have cut back operations in China because of sporadic outbreaks of violence.

Tuesday is the 81st anniversary of the so-called Manchurian Incident, a pretext Japan used to invade China in 1931.  

Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie on Tuesday said his country reserves the right to take "further actions" to resolve the dispute. But he said he hopes the feud could be settled peacefully. Liang made his comments in Beijing following a meeting with his U.S. counterpart Leon Panetta, who has urged both sides to exercise restraint and not let the situation escalate.

Earlier Tuesday, fears of a maritime conflict were raised when Chinese state media reported that a flotilla of 1,000 Chinese fishing boats was headed to the islands. Japanese Coast Guard officials did not confirm the arrival of the boats, but said an operation has been set up to monitor their movement.

David Fouse, a Japan analyst at the Hawaii-based Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, says that neither side wants an escalation of the dispute.

"I think the two governments will have to both sit down and realize that its in their respective mutual interest to resolve this in a peaceful manner and not let public sentiment get too negative to where its going to have a negative impact on their economic relationship," he said.

China and Japan, Asia's two largest economies, boast strong trade ties. Two-way trade was more than $342 billion last year. Some fear that relationship may be affected by the dispute, since Chinese officials have hinted that economic sanctions are possible.

Tension between Japan and China have heightened since Japan said last week it would purchase some of the islands from their private Japanese landowner. Since then, anti-Japan protests have been held across China. In some cases, the protests have turned violent and have included attacks against Japanese-owned businesses.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: Habi from: Canada
September 22, 2012 1:13 PM
Even Diaoyu islands and the Ryukyu Islands (or (or Okinawa) are under control of US and Japan, but Japan only has administration, NOT sovereignty of these islands. About sovereignty of Diaoyu islands, it is Japan who doesn’t want to negotiate and discuss Diaoyu island with China according to Potsdam Declaration (1945) (US, UK, China, Russian), so Japan just want to its Fascist way to handle Diaoyu island without any history and documents evidence, and Japan should be 100% responsible for the tension between Japan and China.
You are definitely not an expert of China, Japan and other Asian countries, but you blame China too many things without even reading any documents and history and without any evidence, this prove that You Have a Strong Prejudice on China, which may be only from Propaganda of Japan and some other countries. I don’t want to talk with a person with strong Prejudice, but there is one thing for sure, Japan invaded many countries in WWII and damaged the entire China, and now only has administration over Diaoyu islands, NOT sovereignty. It is Japan who is trying to rob Diaoyu islands again currently and doesn’t want to follow Potsdam Declaration (1945) (US, UK, China, Russian) in WWII to talk with China and other allies. It is very similar to Japanese Fascist in WWII. All the countries in Asian and in the World, including US, should be aware of this.

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by: Charlie from: UK
September 24, 2012 3:41 PM
Before WW2 the world was lawless.A country's sovereignty might change hands several times.China has grown to its present size today through military conquests.Several countries were written off the maps,millions were butchered along the way.This is very much the peace loving nature that the Hans always want to depict themselves! In wars you won some and you lost some

You can't just hold on to what you have seized by force from others and call them indisputable parts of China,and call for the return of what you have lost to others along the way.It is not fair.If you want to claim what you think has been taken from you by force,then you should return what you yourselves have taken by force to their rightful owners.Most of what you now call China,never belong to China in the past anyway if you know your history,so there is no justification for China to claim anything based on history because they originally were not parts of China in the first place.

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by: Charlie from: UK
September 23, 2012 8:25 AM
One clause on the Cairo Declaration:"The Allies are not fighting Japan for their own territorial gain".Please tell me who invaded and annex the Kuril Islands from Japan in the last days of the war? Russia.Who invaded and annexed Tibet,Xinjang and Inner Mongolia? China.On the contrary,the USA renounced their sovereignty over the Philippines and the British began the process of giving independence back to their colonies.The Senkaku were just uninhabited and unadministered rocks that nobody wanted in them days.Tibet,Xinjang and Mongolia were free,independent states.We set out to put an end to Japan's colonialism and ended of with another far worse form of colonialism,Communism.Who were right and wrong in this matter? Were there any justifications for Russia and China's acts of aggression? The same rules must have been applies to all.


by: Charlie from: UK
September 20, 2012 5:19 AM
The Chinese would use any pretexts to justify their territorial ambitions.This whole thing is more or less just a storm in a tea cup.The Chinese stirred up all the troubles to take attention away from all the troubles back home.The Senkaku was annexed into Japan in 1895,so officially became part of Japan.In 1932 the Japanese government sold 4 islands to Zenji,the son of Koga.In 1971 Zenji Koga started negotiating the sale of Kuba,Uotsuri,Minami and Kita to the Kurihara family which was finalised in 1988.The Japanese government recently rebought the 4 islets and put them again under government ownership.Basically,they renationalised what they have privatised before.

Why did China didn't make any fuss when the islets were sold in 1932 but kicked off all the rackets when they were renationalised? The answer is simple.The Senkaku were never part of China,that's why they never bothered before.The reason they started claiming the Senkaku because a UN studies in 1969 reported there might be large oil reserve at the botton of seabed.China simply can not claim everything belonging to them in ancient times.The way it goes eventually China would try to establish their sovereignty to all lands and seas around them without any regards for UNCLOS 1982.China is prepared to wage wars to take these areas which is the biggest threat to mankind at the moment

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by: lulu
September 23, 2012 11:19 PM
If you say so,Charlie ,i suggest you read more .or read about what habi from canada say .for us we need peace.like leanne says who first to initiation who will be responsible for war.

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by: Charlie from: UK
September 21, 2012 8:29 AM
China never cares about facts or history anyway.Vietnam has all documents and maps prooving that the Paracel Islands belonging to them.China didn't give a toss,still invaded and annexed the islands into China in 1974.This is what we call "Have a taste of your own medicine".Nobody knows about South China Sea belonging to China in ancient times,but everybody knows Tibet was a sovereign state when it was invaded in 1951,and you still lie through your teeth insisting it is a fact anyway

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by: Charlie from: UK
September 21, 2012 4:51 AM
Claiming sovereignty based on history,first discovery or settlement can not be applied in all cases as it would turn the world order upside down.For instance,the Aborigines can not claim Autralia,Red Indians America,The Khmers South Vietnam,Vietnam the whole Southern China,Spain the whole American continent and so on.Regarding uninhabited rocks and islands,whichever country succeeded in establishing a continuous administration without being challenged by other countries,would become de facto owner of that territory.

In this case it applies to Japan's annexation of Senkaku into Japan's territory in 1895.These uninhabited islands were annexed peacefully without any use of force.According to the Cairo Declaration of 1943,Japan would only have to return Manchuria,Taiwan and Pescadores to China.Japan would also be expelled from all territories that Japan has taken through greed and violence,and it did not apply to the Senkaku because they were uninhabited and unadministered at the time of acquisition in 1895.That's why after Japan's surrender in 1945 the allies had to keep to their words and let Japan keep the Senkaku.

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by: habi from: Canada
September 20, 2012 11:30 PM
Nuts. "The Senkaku was annexed into Japan in 1895, so officially became part of Japan". What nuts it is!. Japan invaded China and robbed Diaoyu islands (i.e. your Senkaku) from China in 1895. One question is why and how Diaoyu island was “annexed” in Japan in 1895? Do you think "annexed" is same as "Robbed"? You should know that Japan robbed Diaoyu islands by its greed and invasion to China. China has lots of documents and evidence to prove that Diaoyu island belongs to China before Japan robbed them from China. Japan doesn't want to negotiate and discuss Diaoyu island peacefully with China, it is mainly because Japan doesn't have evidence to prove Diaoyu islands are part of Japan from history, but all the documents and history evidence can prove that Japan just invaded China and Robbed Diaoyu island from China in 1895. You should be able to understand: How can Japan, as a robber, talk about Diaoyu islands with China if Japan robbed them from China? Do you understand: A robber robbed an island doesn't mean this island belongs to him? If you think so, you are encouraging robbery.

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by: leanne
September 20, 2012 8:55 PM

the fact is after WW2,diaoyu does not belong to any country or any body,china and japan sharing the islands,but after they found something,they all say that is theirs.but since japan is the first one who take action i think maybe cz election, but china is unhappy.
It is not only china but also japan afraid to say diaoyu belongs to which country cz it is just after WW2.
So my mind is any country who first remind this thing that means it has forget the hurt of WW2.So japan will first to get a way to responsible for this conflict ASAP before bad things coming!!At the same time china will be more tolerant.

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by: leanne
September 20, 2012 8:38 PM
Since you said it is china who was nor right,will u offer any documents or links to show that diaoyu is not belongs to china??


by: Negashabi from: Canada
September 20, 2012 12:27 AM
Cairo Declaration (1943) (US, UK, China)
The Three Great Allies are fighting this war to restrain and punish the aggression of Japan. They covet no gain for themselves and have no thought of territorial expansion. It is their purpose that Japan shall be stripped of all the islands in the Pacific which she has seized or occupied since the beginning of the first World War in 1914, and that all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa, and The Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed. The aforesaid three great powers, mindful of the enslavement of the people of Korea, are determined that in due course Korea shall become free and independent.

Potsdam Declaration (1945) (US, UK, China, Russian)
8. The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out and Japanese sovereignty shall be limited to the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, Shikoku and such minor islands as we determine.

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by: J from: Canada
September 21, 2012 10:29 PM
Wow, if that is true, how come China didn't fed the people that inhabit some of the islands it is now claiming in Southeast Asia, they were never supported whatsoever nor included in its political exercises. The truth, China becomes greedy and wants to take over the island because of the rumored oil deposit in it. China is now bullying small countries in ASEAN because of their economic and military power, if war will break up between China and Japan, I tell you majority of the countries in the world will be very very happy. Why, economy will be dispersed at last, many countries became poor, because all manufacturing were brought to China due to cheap labor and everything, and maybe if this happen it will resolve the economic problem of USA, unemployment. Contemplate, think of the good things you're having now, a future war will leave you to nothing. Many of those islands are inhabitable no people will benefit from it, except businessman, corporation, rich people, and corrupt officials who are pushing your government to do this. Wealth, wealth, you won't bring this to your grave.


by: Habi from: Canada
September 20, 2012 12:22 AM
I am surprised that some people (like Cowboy, Chivas) know little about Asian, and China and Japan history, they talked something without even learning and reading the history. China has lots of documents and evidence that Chinese people found Diaoyu islands and name these islands first, much earlier than Japan and other European coutries (see Wiki, “Records of these islands date back to as early as the 15th century. They were referred as Diaoyu in books such as Voyage with a Tail Wind”).

Japan robbed Diaoyu island in 1895 from China by invasion to China, and suppose to return Diaoyu island to China after WWII. Please show respect to the truth, facts and history before you spout out something, please be respectful to the people who died in WWII when fighting with Japanese Fascists. As Cario Declaration said “Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed”.
See Cairo Declaration (1943) (US, UK, China), and Potsdam Declaration (1945) (US, UK, China, Russian)


by: Iva from: Argentina
September 19, 2012 9:57 PM
the island belongs to the one who has stronger strength, that is the true faith of history. Do some guys dare to say the British has the sovereignty of Falklands Islands ?


by: Alice from: china
September 19, 2012 9:10 PM
Diaoyu Islands belongs to China


by: putri from: Indonesia
September 19, 2012 8:40 PM
china always says that it owns the islands from the past, i think USA belongs to them in prehistory. china was always aggressive country and it will not change.

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by: lutiry
September 20, 2012 9:49 PM
So Putri,you mean chinese kill your Indonesian during WW2,you forget your old people??i am doubt you are not real Indonesian.If someday you forgot a real devil but think the hen who just protect her checken,i am afriad you are in danger to be the next hen be eaten by devil.


by: Justus from: China
September 19, 2012 11:24 AM
Diaoyu Islands belong to China from ancient Ming Dynasty.


by: Java Muno from: Papua New Guinea
September 19, 2012 12:12 AM
The best way to avoid conflict is through dialoge between Japan, China and Taiwan. An agreement has to be reached between the mentioned 3 countries so that whatever resources that are under the sea could be mine coporately. Or if otherwise, put that sealane and island for the UN to look after. However, Japan decided to buy it from their local owner - the Japanese.

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by: Samurai from: Japan
September 19, 2012 7:22 PM
@Java Muno , thanks for your interest in Japanese Senkaku islands. But, I think your logic is a bit funny. Provided a gangster Communist Chinese) having a pistol intrudes into a good-will citizen's (Japanese and other neighboring countries) house and forces the house master to eternally provide him with a room and food, you should turn down the gangster's demand. What Communist Chinese are doing now against not only Japan and other neighboring countries is just like the behavior of the gangster. Look what they did against Japan during their terrorism demonstration ---looting, destruction, violence to Japanese tourists and even Japanese volunteer people who are helping Chinese people get over disasters, etc. ---incredibly unethical and uncultivated Chinese! Nobody wants to make friends with Chinese because of big China risk!

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by: Mike from: USA
September 19, 2012 3:06 PM
The best way of this conflict is SUMO - shut up and move on. We can not live this present lives from the history. China has distort the history, rewritten history is always untrue. The world was peaceful before 1970 temporarily when the 7th Fleet stationed there.

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by: Bears from: USA
September 19, 2012 2:50 PM
Imagine a war developed in the region?! Who would win? No one, but I am certain no country will stand in support of China. Deep down or openly, most countries don't have much respect for China and its water-down Communist policies that belies dichotomy in wealth among its citizens.

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by: Ian from: USA
September 19, 2012 10:13 AM

The current owner's name is Kurihara, a japanese name, not something even remotely chinese such as "Ming the Merciless"


by: john from: german
September 18, 2012 10:08 PM
dear Americans, don't worry the disputes over other countries, they are so far and won't be any threatened to you. pls pay more attention to the Islam world, your four diplomatic officials were killed again.

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by: Will from: USA
September 21, 2012 1:52 AM
This is true Ian. I understand that China is definitely a political and often economic advisory and same with Russia. But why? I understand that we all feel that our spheres of influence are being penetrated by each other but as you said the funny thing is that nations that have relatively large populations of radicalized Muslims are on their borders and not ours.

We like each others money and have mutual respect for, well for at least Russia's culture, so screw all of this BS and scape goat the war on terror as a way to collectively sing "Why Can't We Be Friends?" and just move on for like 20 years and then hate each other anew.

Seems like a pretty good idea for me as the US, China, and Russia all really don't like where democracy in the Middle East and North Africa tend to lead to....

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by: john from: german
September 19, 2012 9:39 PM
well , Ian from US, in some ways, you're right. Indeed both Europe and China are threatened by muslim, a very serious headache. Of course you US can pull all strength to enemy with China, i don't have any objection, i don't like the corrupted communist either. But don't forget that the USA is the no. 1 enemy of the islam world, i really can't imagine what will happen once some countries like Iran have the nuclear weapon and long-range strike capability to beat US.

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by: Ian from: USA
September 19, 2012 10:43 AM
Dear "german" who lives in "john" :)
Strange that you are making that remark, infact if you are truly a german who indeed lives in Germany, you should be more worry about the Islam world than us . Just look how close it is to Germany , also pay attention to the radical islamic population who live in Europe (and Germany) now and you see my point .
The USA infact should pay more attention to Asia , because it really is just west of us . Further more, USA should start to worry about communist China (I don't mean we should worry if it is a free & liberal China), because communist China indeed secretly has a long range plan to destroy USA in 20 years time ( there are books written by chinese authors , if you care to search )
If you are chinese (not german) then you should pay attentiton to Xinjiang instead of trying to steal more islands from south east Asia or Japan, because muslim Xinjiang will be where your future headache starts .

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