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.

    • CLJF

      I wonder if it isn’t more the Chinese authorities (the CCP, the PLA) that are the drivers of this antagonism, restricting availability of information, teaching hatred of Japan in schools and fanning anti-Japanese rioting and violence at the slightest opportunity, as a way to not only indoctrinate the Chinese population but more importantly distract it from domestic ills and anger against the Chinese authorities – so keeping said authorities in power.

  • 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.

    • The Truth

      Climate conditions only in Russia?? Obviously you don’t know much about China’s climate. Winter in North China is cold and harsh. Today the min temp for Beijing is -7C.

      • lushnya

        obviously you don’t know what army do and why they make such exercises and it’s not to make battle in their homeland.
        Also -7 is very silly temperature even by army standards, most equipment made to much harsher conditions.
        And by looking all China neighbors the only one on north is Russia, where today is near -40 by Celsius – which is the goal of most winter equipment. Even in Moscow is -17, so Beijing is almost have spring by comparison.

      • The Truth

        Well the point is zero degree is not a climate condition “only in Russia comparing with neighbors of China”.

    • The Truth

      Climate conditions only in Russia?? Obviously you don’t know much about China’s climate. Winter in North China is cold and harsh. Today the min temp for Beijing is -7C.

  • 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.