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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: Mazo from: India
September 18, 2012 2:46 PM
India is watching closely how the US deals with this situation as are many other Asian countries.

Is the US is going to let China intimidate and bully the Japanese into caving signalling that the US is an unreliable ally that doesn't even stick by its close friends or if the US is willing to draw a line on the map and is willing to pick a side.

60 years of post-WW2 pacifism have left Japan docile and unable to defend itself. It is imperative the US back Japan publicly because otherwise the Chinese will realize that the US is not willing to get its hand dirty and will bully the smaller countries like Phillipines, Vietnam etc into capitulating.

India will see this as yet another demonstration of American unreliability and make alternative arrangements to defend its interests.

Today China can be contained in 10 to 20 years that will become much harder to do.

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by: cheng from: china
September 19, 2012 9:33 PM
Say that you will receive condemnation! China since ancient times is a civilized country! Some things, don't know don't bullshit! To respect the local custom of every place! I believe that some of your as, will also be others discontent!

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by: Bears from: USA
September 19, 2012 12:43 PM
The Chinese are hypocrites. Peaceful? The Chinese have invaded numerous smaller Asian countries nearby, including Vietnam and others, over centuries and continues to be oppressive of other people, including the Tibetans. The Japanese gave them a taste of their own medicine with its occupation, and they dredge up history to make various territorial claims. Their people's reaction to the situation and the hypocritical Communist party's approval of the riots only confirms to the world the ignorance and greed of the Chinese, despite having economic growth thanks to investments of thousands of foreign countries, and that they are still a third world uncivilized country with people who enjoys eating dogs, buying bear gallbladders and tiger body parts for medicinal purposes, trading body organs, stealing ideas and technologies from other countries.....Nothing notable about their culture and yet they continue to play the self-righteous bully. Imagine with the US, Japan and other countries taking their industies and companies out of China...their economy would collapse because there will be no jobs and no ideas and technologies to steal!

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by: Justus from: China
September 19, 2012 11:32 AM
A wrong opinion on China. China is a peaceful country, do not forget that Japan invaded China from 81 years before.


by: john from: shorthouse
September 18, 2012 12:46 PM
reason for chinese around the world to get engry is:
1.japan is to reverse the resolution of the un-conditional surrender in 1945. (you guys can go back to the book and have a look); the conditions is not negociable to japan, no room for discussion after so many years suffering for chinese in invasing war by japan.

2.trick of re-discovery unmaned islands poteintially very dangerous for the world peace, because there are still lots of unmaned islands in the pacific...there is similar tricks played by japan to carve out a chunk out of phenoy sea..(Diao Yu island group had been discovered long long time ago before japanese started to lay an eye on them. it is documented in black and white of the acient scriptures..)

3.Some body might say there is american treaties to offer japan the administration rights over the disputed islands; yes, but it is under a situation of cold war and it is never recognised by major parties who were in settlement of the world warII;If Guys reckon that those depicable private deals can prevail, do not blame me that there is no warning..human kind is facing a very looming future...

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by: Will from: USA
September 21, 2012 1:58 AM
Answers? 20-30 million in a genocide worst than anything the world has ever seen.

Remember though that that was an entirely different society that has since been reshaped by the US just like Korea. Japan is one of our closest allies and considering that we arm them with weapons superior to anything other what China steals from us and Europe, then yes, I think we are quite good friends.

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by: Is Japan good or bad?
September 19, 2012 3:48 AM
please answer this question first: how many people were killed by the japanese in WWII? Chinese people will never forget that. Just as Ameciran people will never forget the attack of Pearl Habor. This is the most important fact. I do not believe the american people will really protect Japan.


by: Cowboy from: U.S.A.
September 18, 2012 12:14 PM
These islands were under Japanese control prior to WWII. They were under U.S. control after the war until they were handed back to the Japanese government. Your ignorant and backward Chinese government had zero interest in the islands until you found out there was oil and now you want to try to stake a 14th century claim. Sorry, too late. As in many disputes in the world, I would refer to common law international land ownership. If a country (Japan) has had accepted administration and conducted active care and maintenance of the land while the owner (Japan or China) has neither seeked, used, or filed grievance against such country (Japan).

Then the land shall be recognized as sovereign territory of the administering country (Japan) as seen under adverse possession law. This holds under actual use (Japanese city of Ishigaki), open & notorious use (Japanese Owners last legal holders), continuous & uninterrupted use (Last 117 years of Japanese & U.S. control), and against hostile use (Recent Chinese claim in regard to oil discovery).

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by: DC from: USA
September 19, 2012 1:00 PM
Cowboy, since you just explained if anyone can use power to take over the place for 50 years then it bcomes the victor propery, or China has to do just defeat WWII loser Japan to get the island back and control for 50 years it will be back to China's control forever. what about prior to 1895 Japan invasion of Chinese land, China has acivities in the area for hundreds of years, as you said, the only way to get the island back is using force according to your logic. You should notice that when Japan unconditional surrender, Japan should return everthing prior to 1895 illegal control of the island.

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by: Fat monkey from: China
September 19, 2012 4:15 AM
Power that is the truth,which one is more powerful,he can get the island, i don't believe the International Law,it's a joke.for example,the usa is very powerful,so he can attack other country frequently.

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by: Facts
September 18, 2012 5:16 PM
Any country has administered some uninhabited rocks or islands continuously over 50 year periods,they become that country's defacto territories.In this case Japan has administered them since 1895 and everybody knows about it,so these rocks belong to Japan.China is well known for claiming everything based on history.They even claimed they were the first to discover America.So how can we take their words for it??? China just like to use Japan's atrocities in WW2 to discredit them in an attempt to justify their baseless claim.China under Mao Tsetung killed more Chinese than all those that died in WW2

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by: LL Bean from: Pittsburgh
September 18, 2012 1:06 PM
Cowboy,
Read more about the history of this dispute before you utter your opinion.
For your information, China has administered these islands for hundreds of years before Japan grabbed them after defeating Chinese Navy in the late 19th century. The militarized Japan then went on to invade Taiwan (also part of China), Korea, and other parts of China until they were defeated by US, Russia and China at the end of WWII.

By your logic, Korea should also be part of Japan.


by: Chivas from: California
September 18, 2012 12:09 PM
China seems to be enthusiastic about engaging in territorial dispute with all of her neighbors: Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, India just to name a few. I foresee some serious naval surface engagements.

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by: scoday from: San Francsico
September 18, 2012 10:38 PM
Mr. Bean, how did Japan 'start' and escalate this particular dispute unless we are starting back in the 1800s. I am just curious, since you seem so determined to point out the ignorance of others. It is my understanding - that, for right or wrong after the US and her allies sorted out the situation in the Pacific they occupied these islands. These islands were taken from China by Japan as you eloquently state above. The islands were under administrative control by Japan pre-WW2, they were returned to that condition post-WW2. Are you with me so far, or am I totally off mark? Japan simply purchased the islands from a Japanese citizen, instead of leasing them. Still there? Okay, so for several decades, since the US and her allies saved China from the Imperial Army Japan has been administering these islands. Now, in the last several years China has expressed an interest.

By your logic, the Austrians should reclaim several "acres" of land. The world moves on, if China wants to show her evolution she should just let it go, but we all know China can't let anything go. Perhaps the Japanese can't either - let's just hope the two don't drag us into the mix.

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by: Thomas from: London
September 18, 2012 6:02 PM
Wei , great expert in percentages should show us for what reasons he does not show show by percentage how many people are starving in China, murdered for religious reasons , detained for political reasons,work as slaves and how many in Japan.

and if China is such a great country what on earth Wei is doing in the USA, maybe looking for some freedom? would it be that bad in China? You would not look for freedom in Japan would you but you cannot admit that is the country that would respect you more than your own.

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by: Wei from: USA
September 18, 2012 12:42 PM
China is neighbor with 14 countries and have unresolved territorial disputes with 4 of them. That's 28%.

Japan, on the other hand, is neighbor with three countries (Korean, Russia, China) have unresolved territorial disputes with all of them. That's 100%.

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by: LL Bean from: Pittsburgh
September 18, 2012 12:37 PM
Please read carefully before you utter your opinion. Japan has started and escalated this dispute first. China just reacted.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 18, 2012 12:00 PM
China is largely crude in its diplomatic handling of the issues on hand. Economic strength does not mean China has arrived. These senseless and idiotic rioting in the name of protest shows China is yet to become a truly civil society. What is the business of the people rioting? What happens to the government in Beijing if the people have to decide issues by mob action? China must provide record that shows it owns the island since Adam. Saying it has owned it for millennia without proof cannot be justified by rioting and anti-Japan protests. Threat of trade sanctions is like China mimmicking the US without understanding what it's saying. Can China stop Japan from trading with its established trade parters? What really does China mean by sanctions, and who's going to enforce it for China? China should hang its bag where its hand can reach, ok? I don't see China as having the power it's trying to portray, even though it's member of the security council's big five.

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by: Pauline from: China
September 18, 2012 9:07 PM
Hi Godwin, if your grandfather or grandmother was slaughtered by Japanese, if millions of thousands of Nigerioan were slaughtered by Japanese in WWI & WWII. Please be sure you'll never dreamed and commented groundlessly. Once Japan is the neighbouring of Nigeria, the history of the peaceful Nigeria couldnot be seen forever.

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by: Fenquing from: NYC
September 18, 2012 2:34 PM
@jonathan huang,

You say "Most important, those 7.8% can easily be replaced by other countries..."

Really? Name one. What country or countries can possibly replace $400B in annual trade when Japan leaves china market.

I know one thing though, the moment china cut off trade with Japan, the peasants in the country side and the low wage workers in the factories everywhere will turn their anger toward beijing. The chinese government knows this and it's the worst outcome for them.

Japan can afford to lose china trade because the world needs Japanese technologies, not chinese tainted milk, toxic dry walls, and many other nasty junks.

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by: LL Bean from: Pittsburgh
September 18, 2012 12:52 PM
Hi Godwin-

There are a lot of historical documents proving China had administered these islands for hundreds of years before Japan annexed them after defeating Chinese navy in the late 19th century. You can get these facts from Wiki. For your information, Japan has engaged in wars against all its neighbors during WWI and WWII. Tens of millions of Chinese people were kill by Japanese invasion of China. Chinese anger against Japan's aggression is genuine, deep and justified. Of course, you don't read about this in the Western news media.

China has not sought to get these islands back right away and wanted a peaceful solution. However, China has to react to Japan's recent unilateral move to further substantiate their illegal claims of these islands.

Read more thoroughly if you want to comment on an issue. It is more complicated than what you think.

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by: jonathan huang from: canada
September 18, 2012 12:20 PM
Godwin, you are ignorant thats why you cant see. China accounts 20% of Japan's trade but Japan only accounts 7.8% of China's trade. Most important, those 7.8% can easily be replaced by other countries, however japan's 20% is hardly replaceable. Japan's economy is dying already, China knows it clearly, therefore just one more push we can let Japan be fully dead.


by: jordi from: europe
September 18, 2012 11:55 AM
The island is part of japan per treaty. US signed that treaty also and is supposed to defend that territory if it gets invaded. So is the benefit of 3 countries the dispute does not escalate.

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by: Thomas from: London
September 18, 2012 6:18 PM
why don`t you mention about war crimes against captured Nazis in second world war and falsifying documents with Nazi stamps to incriminate evidence in Nurnberg trial not to mention murdering hundreds of thousands civilians with Nuclear bombs, how dare you only Japan to apologize.

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by: Mark from: Toronto
September 18, 2012 1:12 PM
Thank you Anonymous for explaining.
Perhaps US wants a place for their military in Pacific Asia, and US won't say anothing regarding the islands nor Japanese crimes in World War II (invading other Pacific Asia countries).

Japan has yet to apologize their crime, and neither US cares about justice, but their own benefits.

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by: Mark from: Toronto
September 18, 2012 12:31 PM
US never owned that island, and before World War II, Japanese textbooks indicated that the island wasn't belong to them:
In the older Japanese text book (~50 years ago), the island was indicated that it was not part of Japan:
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=82311&code=Ne3&category=4

Please explain why Japan is claiming something that their "official" textbook said the other thing.

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by: Anonymous
September 18, 2012 12:29 PM
you should calm down, who is the most want chinese and japanse t o have conlict , American. American want the two country struggle forever ,and the conflict must in his control and the case mustn't be sovled by any method. So I don't think both country can solve the problem without because American don't want to say the two country to be close or friendly.


by: Kafantaris from: USA, Ohio
September 18, 2012 11:52 AM
The islands are insignificant, except that they have reminded us that China's old wounds have yet to heal.
Maybe both sides should quickly step back before the Chinese fully relive the pain and humiliation they had suffered at the hands of the Japanese.

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by: cheng from: china
September 19, 2012 9:28 PM
Diaoyu islands since ancient times is the immanent territory of China! Firmly protest small Japan! Who all have the duty to safeguard their national territorial sovereignty complete!


by: Charlie from: UK
September 18, 2012 11:49 AM
China should return Tibet,Xinjang,Inner Mongolia and Paracel Islands to their rightful owners before talking.You want to keep what you have seized by force,now you want to rob what rightfully belong to Japan.That is hypocritical!

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by: myra from: wenzhou
September 19, 2012 4:45 AM
How could u sitting there talking around but know nothing about CHINA's history? we have more than 3000 thousands years of history. All this histories shows that they are parts of China.Just like, i have a toy, i can lend u but u can't say that it's yours.That's problem between CN &JP,none of others business

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by: leanne from: UK
September 18, 2012 9:09 PM
So Charlie,you don't know that japan is defeated after World War II?
As your point,a defeated country should get what he wants to ,right ?and it is the same as who was victory???

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by: linrong.yan from: usa
September 18, 2012 9:07 PM
Japan occupied the island in 1885 from China illegally. US should have not handed over Chinese land to Japan after second world war.

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by: henry from: ohio
September 18, 2012 2:42 PM
open your eyes to see the history, do not be a frog at the bottom of well. say something meaningful and objective, your mouth can eat whatever you want, but do not say something irresponsible

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by: Robert from: Canada
September 18, 2012 2:30 PM
So I think UK should return Northern Ireland and Scotland to their right owners as well.

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by: JC
September 18, 2012 1:42 PM
maybe the UK should return the falklands before you start opening your mouth


by: Anonymous
September 18, 2012 11:45 AM
Japan occupied the island in 1885 from China illegally. US should have not handed over Chinese land to Japan after second world war.


by: Ben from: Egypt
September 18, 2012 11:35 AM
Japanese rightists should be responsible for the invasion of their ships in Diaoyu islands while the topic should be changed into " Chinese ships start to protect Diaoyu islands from invasion of Japan on the 81st anniversary of the Manchurian Incident"

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