The strain on bilateral relations between Japan and China just keeps getting worse with territorial incidents continually piling up one over another. On Sunday, the Japanese government revealed that four Chinese Coast Guard vessels entered Japan’s territorial waters around the disputed territory of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea yet again, adding to the numerous incidents that China was reported as ignoring Japan’s control over the islands and entering the area without permission or notification.
On Sunday, the intrusion was monitored and reported by the Japanese Coast Guard at around 11:30 a.m., and the Chinese vessels were ordered to leave the area posthaste, this from information given by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Almost 20 days have passed since the last incident on Dec. 8. Japanese authorities revealed that the Chinese coast guard ships may have entered from northwest of Uotsuri, one of the islands in the chain controlled and administered by Japan but also claimed by Beijing as the Diaoyus.
This incident is certainly not the first time the Chinese have done this, because if one looks at the information available, one might say that the Chinese does this on a regular basis – this is the 73rd time they have intruded on the Japanese controlled area around the Senkakus. This incident, and the incidents before it may follow the same rationale as United States and Japanese aircraft entering China’s new and highly controversial air defense zone without permission or notification – a blatant statement ignoring the other’s authority. But whatever the motives are, one can be pretty sure that this is not the last incident that will happen in the Senkakus.