Ja­pan protests as Chi­nese ships sail near dis­puted isles again

The Myanmar Times - - World -

JA­PAN protested to China yes­ter­day af­ter Chi­nese coast guard ships sailed into ter­ri­to­rial waters of dis­puted is­lands in the East China Sea, Tokyo said.

Four Chi­nese ves­sels en­tered the waters sur­round­ing the islets, called the Senkaku in Ja­pan and the Diaoyu in China, ac­cord­ing to the Ja­panese Coast Guard.

The Chi­nese ships left the ter­ri­to­rial waters within two hours, the coast guard said.

The two coun­tries are locked in a long-run­ning dis­pute over the un­in­hab­ited, Tokyo-con­trolled islets.

Ja­pan has rou­tinely com­plained that China is es­ca­lat­ing re­gional ten­sions by reg­u­larly send­ing ships to the is­land chain de­spite re­peated protests from Tokyo.

Yes­ter­day, Tokyo lodged a protest to China’s for­eign min­istry through its em­bassy in Bei­jing say­ing the is­lands are “an in­her­ent ter­ri­tory of Ja­pan”, while Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s of­fice beefed up its team in charge of mon­i­tor­ing Chi­nese ships, a govern­ment of­fi­cial told AFP.

Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests through diplo­matic chan­nels this year over what it says have been a to­tal 31 days of in­tru­sions by Chi­nese ves­sels in the ter­ri­to­rial waters.

China is also in­volved in mar­itime dis­putes in the South China Sea by claim­ing most of the area de­spite par­tial counter-claims by the Philip­pines,

Brunei, Malaysia, Tai­wan and Viet­nam.

But a UN-backed tri­bunal, act­ing on a com­plaint by the Philip­pines, in July ruled that Bei­jing’s claims were in­valid. –

Photo: AFP

China’s Hai­jing 2502 pa­trol boat sails into waters near the dis­puted Senkaku is­lands, in the East China Sea yes­ter­day.

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