The Japan Coast Guard said that three Chinese ships entered the disputed waters near the Senkaku Islands on Sunday and Monday, the latest such incident marring the relations between the Asian superpowers. The last time there was an intrusion in these parts was earlier this month when Chinese vessels sailed in the same area last February 2.
On Sunday, the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture reported that three vessels were treading near territorial waters. They warned the ships that they were intruding in the country’s territory but one of the ships responded in both Japanese and Chinese language that the islands are “inherent territory of China.” Then on Monday, the Haijing 2102, the Haijing 2113 and the Haijing 2151, part of China’s own Coast Guard, went into the 12-nautical-mile waters southeast of Minamikojima, which is one of the islands, at around 10:00 AM and left three hours later. This is already the fourth intrusion this year, an occurrence that is becoming even more common as the situation between the two countries becomes even more tense.
A few days earlier, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang and expressed the US’s concern over their territorial ambitions, particularly over the establishment of the air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea. He also warned Beijing not to push through with a similar zone in the South China Sea, where China has disputes with Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam and the Philippines. Kerry earlier reiterated Washington’s position that they would defend their ally, Japan, over any attack as part of their defense treaty.
[ via GMA News ]
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