Friday, 17 August, 2018

Japan, China spat over disputed islets in East China Sea

China Urges Japan to Avoid 'Artificial' Incidents Near Disputed Islands Apparent China sub, warship approach waters near Senkakus
Kenny Thornton | 13 January, 2018, 03:33

The Japanese government confirmed Friday that a submarine spotted just outside Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea the day before was a Chinese naval vessel, according government sources.

Japanese navy ships spotted the 4,000-tonne Jiangkai II class frigate around 11:00 am (0200 GMT) in waters surrounding the Tokyo-administered isles, called Senkaku in Japan and also claimed as the Diaoyu islands by China.

"This behavior unilaterally raises tensions, and we are seriously concerned about it", Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told the press.

In a news conference on Thursday, Lu Kang, China's foreign ministry spokesperson, declared that the islands were a part of Beijing's territory and warned Japan to stop complicating the issue, reported NHK World.

Chinese officials defended the move Thursday, saying that the Senkakus are China's territory and that the incident was instigated by two Japanese navy vessels. China has probed Japan's claimed waters and air space in the East China Sea with a range of assets so far, including aircraft, drones, and surface ships.

Global law requires submarines to surface and hoist the national flag when navigating through territorial waters of other nations, but not in contiguous zones.

Marriott, Delta in hot water with China
Taiwan and the mainland split in 1949 after a civil war but the Communist Beijing government claims the island as its territory. Marriott apologized profusely, saying it respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.

A foreign submarine was also detected in the same area on Wednesday as well as on Thursday, according to Japan's Defense Ministry. The sub exited the contiguous zone and headed toward the Senkakus on Thursday morning.

In addition, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau Kenji Kanasugi met with Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua, protesting the incident.

Relations between Japan and China deteriorated in 2012 when Tokyo "nationalised" some of the islets. Of course, not neglecting the pro-Han Chinese demographic reality in relation to undermining the indigenous of Tibet and Xinjiang - and China's containment policy of democratic Taiwan.

In 2004, the government ordered an SDF maritime security operation after a Chinese nuclear submarine intruded into Japanese waters around the Saki-shima island chain, southern Japan.

After the meeting, the ambassador left the ministry without responding to reporters' questions.

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