While the dispute over the islands has started taking its toll on the economic front, Japan and China’s shadow dance in the territorial waters, continues unabated. Recent news suggests that four Chinese government ships were spotted sailing into the territorial waters of disputed islands controlled by Japan.
According to the Japanese Coastguards, the incident occurred on Friday in the East China Sea, when the maritime surveillance vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile zone around Kubashima. This island is one of the islands in Senkakus chain. The Chinese of course wish to call them the Diaoyus. It’s been about two months now, and almost everyday Chinese vessels have been frequenting the territorial waters around the disputed islands.
Interestingly, when the US lawmakers supported Japan by passing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill, China labeled the move (US-Japan security treaty) as ‘a product of the Cold War.’ In any case the amendment only says that United States, “takes no position” on the ultimate sovereignty of the territory.” It also “acknowledges the administration of Japan over the Senkaku Islands”.
In any case the US is involved financially both with China and Japan, so it is in no position to antagonize either of the countries. On one hand its obligation to protect Japan stands in the forefront and on the other hand its economy (manufacturing and business) is quite tied up with China.