Skip to comments.Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience
Posted on 01/07/2013 5:58:20 AM PST by blam
Four Chinese Surveillance Ships Push Their Luck With Japanese Patience
Agence France Presse
January 7, 2013
Four Chinese government ships entered territorial waters around Japan-controlled islands at the centre of a dispute on Monday, the Japanese coastguard said.
The four marine surveillance ships were seen moving within 12 nautical miles of the islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, just before midday, the coastguard said in a statement.
It was the first time since December 31 -- and the 21st time since Japan nationalised the islands in September -- that any state-owned Chinese ship has been seen in the archipelago's waters, which lie in the East China Sea.
A state-owned Chinese plane flew through airspace over the islands early last month. Tokyo responded by scrambling fighter jets and said it was the first time Beijing had breached its airspace since at least 1958.
On Saturday, another Chinese state-owned plane approached the islands without entering the airspace, prompting another Japanese fighter jet dispatch.
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Japan wants to strengthen its military connection to the US, yet can’t stand to have US troops in Japan.
Can’t have it both ways...
Can you blame them?
With the soetoro administration? Now, that would be funny were it no so tragic.
I have mixed emotions about this (having lived as a military dependent in Japan for several years.)
Clearly, Japan is conflicted over the remaining (smaller than ever) US footprint, yet cannot defend itself as even South Korea is allowed to do (the Japanese constitution.)
I think China sees this as a dual opportunity, first to take a leading position in controlling their side of the Pacific and also to pay back the Japanese for the horrors of WW II.
The gains made by the western powers during WWII are in danger. China & Russia extending their influence, while the U.S., Europe, & Israel are threatened.
All due to American economic and foreign policies.
Thanks for the ping. I was wondering what was going on with this standoff.