Protest against more Chi­nese ship ‘in­tru­sions’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

JA­PAN lodged a fresh diplo­matic protest with China yes­ter­day, ac­cus­ing the coun­try of again send­ing its coast guard ships into wa­ters sur­round­ing con­tested is­lands in the East China Sea.

The two coun­tries are locked in a long-run­ning dis­pute over the un­in­hab­ited islets and ten­sions over them have been a fre­quent ir­ri­tant be­tween the coun­tries.

Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests through diplo­matic chan­nels since Au­gust 5 over what it says have been 29 in­tru­sions.

Those sparked Kenji Kana­sugi, for­eign min­istry chief of Asia-Pa­cific af­fairs, to phone Guo Yan, min­is­ter at the Chi­nese em­bassy in Ja­pan, the Ja­panese min­istry said in a state­ment.

“De­spite Ja­pan’s re­peated strong protests, the Chi­nese side has con­tin­ued to take uni­lat­eral ac­tions that raise ten­sions on the ground, and that is ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able,” Mr Kana­sugi told Mr Guo, ac­cord­ing to the for­eign min­istry state­ment.

Mr Kana­sugi also called the in­tru­sions a “vi­o­la­tion of Ja­pan’s sovereignty” and “un­ac­cept­able”.

The ves­sels left af­ter be­ing warned off by the Ja­pan Coast Guard, of­fi­cials said.

Ships of the two coun­tries reg­u­larly play cat and mouse in the wa­ters but Ja­pan says that Chi­nese ac­tiv­ity has sud­denly picked up this month, with lo­cal me­dia spec­u­lat­ing it is re­lated to a se­cre­tive an­nual sum­mer gath­er­ing of top Chi­nese lead­ers at a sea­side re­sort east of Bei­jing.

China is also in­volved in mar­itime dis­putes in the South China Sea and it re­acted an­grily last month to a United Na­tions-backed tri­bunal rul­ing that its claims over most of the vi­tal trade artery were in­valid. –

Photo: AFP

Pres­i­den­tial hon­our guards and stu­dents take part in a flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony to mark In­done­sia’s 71st In­de­pen­dence Day in Jakarta yes­ter­day.

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