Armed Chinese vessel again spotted near Senkakus

Kyodo, AP

Four China Coast Guard vessels, including one equipped with what the Japan Coast Guard said are guns, were spotted Sunday sailing near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Chinese vessels were last found sailing in the sea area on Dec. 26, when an armed China Coast Guard vessel entered Japanese waters off the Senkakus for the first time.

The Haijing 31241, the vessel believed to be armed, entered a contiguous zone just outside Japanese territorial waters with the Haijing 2401, 2166 and 2101, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters based in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.

A Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel warned the Chinese vessels against approaching the Japanese waters.

Chinese ships have often been seen in the area after Japan purchased a major part of the uninhabited islets from a Japanese private landholder and put them under state control in 2012.

China and Taiwan both claim the islets, calling them Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai, respectively.

The development could trigger concern in Japan that China may be escalating its activities in the disputed parts of the East China Sea.

  • Bernadette Soubirous

    The Japanese are good people. Why do the Chinese seem so antagonistic towards the Japanese? I will pray for the Christian church to grow in China.

  • lushnya

    Not sure what games China is playing.
    But yesterday (3rd january) chinese citizen tried to enter the Putin’s Kremlin palace in the center of Moscow. Now this chinese citizen is arrested. This is very first such incident with China at all. If Putin will know about this – his strategy to cooperation with China can be over.

  • lushnya

    Not sure what games China is playing.
    But yesterday (3rd january) chinese citizen tried to enter the Putin’s Kremlin palace in the center of Moscow. Now this chinese citizen is arrested. This is very first such incident with China at all. If Putin will know about this – his strategy to cooperation with China can be over.