A few days after U.S. President Barack Obama left Japan, ending a three-day visit, the Chinese are it again. Japanese coast guards have reported seeing two Chinese coast guard ships sailing in waters near the Senkaku Islands. The group of uninhabited islets are at the heart of the bitter territorial row between Japan and China.
China, which has been claiming the islands and calls them Diaoyu, has continued maritime patrolling in the area in spite of Obama’s announcement that the Senkakus are included under a security treaty Japan has with the United States. The treaty ensures that should China take over the islands or launch any attack related to them, the United States would be compelled to defend Japan. But China ignored the statement, calling the islands “China’s inherent territory.” And to stress their claim, the Chinese coast guard ships were seen entering 22 kilometers into Japan’s territorial waters near one of the islands.
The move was seen as China’s response to Japan’s declaration a few days ago that it would put up a radar base and set up Ground Self Defense Forces in the area. The last time Chinese vessels were seen lurking in the waters near the islands was on April 12, days before Obama arrived in Tokyo.
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