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Japan Reports Chinese Ships Near Disputed Islands

This handout picture taken by the Japanese Defense Ministry on October 16, 2012 shows a Chinese warship ship cruising in waters between two Japanese islands in Okinawa prefecture, in the East China Sea.
This handout picture taken by the Japanese Defense Ministry on October 16, 2012 shows a Chinese warship ship cruising in waters between two Japanese islands in Okinawa prefecture, in the East China Sea.
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Japan says it has spotted seven Chinese naval ships near one of its islands, as tensions between the two Asian powers remain high over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

Japan's Defense Ministry says the Chinese ships were spotted early Tuesday by Japanese aircraft about 50 kilometers outside Yonaguni Island, Japan's westernmost island.

The ministry said the ships were in the contiguous zone, an area just outside Japan's territorial waters in which Japan has certain rights under international law.

China has increasingly sent ships to patrol Japanese-controlled areas since September, when Japan nationalized a group of islands claimed by Beijing. So far there have been no clashes.



The uninhabited islands at the center of the dispute are called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are surrounded by valuable fishing grounds and potential energy deposits.

Japan says it purchased some the islands from their private Japanese landowners to ensure their stability. But Beijing has responded furiously, saying they are part of their "sacred territory" since ancient times.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.

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by: Samurai from: Japan
October 18, 2012 11:10 PM
Communist Chinese government is still struggling to provoke Japan. Most of common Chinese people are against such provocative behavior against Japan. It is incredible that Chinese radical guys want to fight with Japan. Do they really believe that Chinese untrained fleet can beat Japanese traditional well-trained navy? Remember Sino-Japan Japan Sea war, where Chinese fleet was completely beaten by Japanese fleet.

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by: Kerry from: Canada
October 20, 2012 6:39 AM
Michael you are brainwashed by Chinese government.
How can you suddenly claim islands which you haven't been claiming for more than 100 years?
China is an autocratic country and there is no freedom of speech so you have been taught false history by your corrupt government.

Wake up! What you have to fight is not Japan but your own corrupt government. Only the privileged class in China is monopolizing all Chinese wealth and enslaving Chinese people.

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by: Michael from: Shanghai
October 19, 2012 11:03 AM
Just a fleet could determine everything? It's not easy to start a war,but once this is inevitable, we will do utmost. maybe you could see the all social contradictions inside China and conclude the CCP won't last long.it doesn't matter which goverment is in charge, because either govenment has to do the same while facing such territory issue.


by: speedo from: Indonesia
October 17, 2012 9:10 AM
Chinese are brainwashed by their corrupt government.
China is an autocratic country and there is no democracy or freedom of speech.
Chinese people are slaves of Chinese Communist Party and they don't realize it.

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by: Michael from: Shanghai
October 18, 2012 1:04 AM
Pls be more rational. Everyone has a dirty laundry.


by: netty from: Singapore
October 17, 2012 8:05 AM
Chinese are uncivilized, uneducated, underdeveloped and barbaric second class citizens who vandalize and loot Japanese shops in China.
They haven't changed since the Boxer era. Bfr condemning Japan, they should condemn their own corrupt government.China is an aggressor and sick man of Asia.


by: andy from: TAIWAN
October 17, 2012 4:36 AM
japanese is evil,thinked of world war II!

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by: liu from: shenzhen China
October 18, 2012 12:44 AM
Mainland and Taiwan must combine to expel japanese out from our territorial,because we always are family.we were born in the same country,both you and me are chinese.


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
October 17, 2012 3:28 AM
Thank you China. You take pains for patrol of Japanese sea lane.


by: Hakira from: Japan
October 16, 2012 1:57 PM
the Chinese behaved in a crud and despicable manner, its time for the Chinese Corrupt Communists (CCC) to be destroyed... they have incited the Chinese population to riot and disorder - just like Arab monkeys... well this must stop!!! Japan people are not lenient like the Israelis - we are a fierce warrior nation, and Chinese will learn soon

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by: Sam from: Shenzhen, china
October 17, 2012 11:04 AM
Japan's government and its people should learn from history, why can't you earn respect from Asia and from around the world?what can you learn from what Germany did after WWII? Isn't Two nuclear bomb enough to let you realize your sin ? Well, we can send you more!


by: Linn from: Burma
October 16, 2012 11:28 AM
This kinds of territorial disputes are happening among many countris such as Burma and Bangladash and so on. The territorial dispute between Myanmar and Bangladash has been solved peacefully before the international court of justic. I don't think this problem will be solved easily, cause both of these two countries are economically powerful, they will fight to almost death.

Japan is a country that avoid war, but China is a country of providing evil countries and problem making countries, dictators around the world. China is hungry of war, and violating human-rights in its own country. Civilized and democratic countries will back Japan up and help Japan avoid the war. China will be isolated and condemned if they keep behaving aggressively. Prediction is that they won't be no clashes due to econimical downturn and many crisises. Creating jobs and feeding empty stomach, sending kids to school is the most priority, they all realize obviously. So No wars


by: urbainquebec from: canada
October 16, 2012 8:52 AM
of course Japan govt said they purchased from a private person it is land grabbing does the private person has a title of deeds, is it registered in what century
in begining of the 19th century. with a notary signature, etc . if this is non-registed any person can claim the island belongs to them, international law is not very clear who has right or does not has right
this island is uninhabited for thousand of years, is there any human souls living there. the condition of the island is very very bad. no wonder there are many fishermen of all kinds of nationalities can fish there

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by: jack from: china
October 16, 2012 9:38 AM
in history the island belonged to china.it is the truth that can't be denied.american should respect china's requist and should not surport japand underground in this affair.anyway japanise should be apoligy to it's wrong and crime in history ,it has brought so much painful memeries to the chinese.for a further peace,japan had to rspect history or it will never get the forgiveness from chinese people.it is my dream that china and japan will be a good friend or even brothers in the future.it is my dream,i hope for peace .

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