Chinese ships enter waters near Senkakus

Kyodo

Three Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered Japanese territorial waters Monday near the Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard said.

In a separate incident near the area, an unidentified submarine was spotted by a P-3C Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft sailing in Japan’s contiguous zone south of Okinawa’s Kume Island at midnight Sunday. A Defense Ministry official said the vessel was probably a Chinese submarine.

The submarine left the contiguous zone around Kume on Monday morning, the ministry said.

Sailing in Japan’s contiguous zone — a stretch of water outside its territorial seas where Japanese law may be applied — poses no problem in terms of international law but the ministry is stepping up its guard.

The latest intrusions by Chinese vessels into Japanese waters prompted Shinsuke Sugiyama, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, to telephone Han Zhiqiang, China’s minister to Japan, to lodge a protest, a ministry official said.

The three ships — the Haijian 15, 50 and 66 — entered Japanese territorial waters in the East China Sea around 9 a.m. in succession from north of Kubajima in the Senkaku group, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha.

  • SwedishreaderKristinehamn93

    I wounder why China are doing this. According to the article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senkaku_Islands on wikipedia, it was frist Britain who own the islands but left it. The second nation to own it was Japan and they had the controll over it till 1945 when USA took over. In 1972 USA returned the islands to Japan and in the same year China and Taiwan said that the islands belonged to them. The history of the islands says it’s Japan who should own it, China and Taiwan was a hundred years late in this battle of the senkaku islands ownership.
    China and Taiwan should ask USA about who owns the islands senice USA was the owner until 1972 when Japan should have it back under it controll. USA has the only power to stop this ownership arguments and if it’s true that Japan is the only owner of senkaku islands then China and Taiwan have to start a war if they want the islands.