7 More Chinese Ships Escorting Fishing in Disputed Waters with JapanPosted: August 8, 2016
In my post “230 Chinese Fishing Boats Fish in Disputed Waters with Japan” yesterday, I said, “It is fishing season now. China sends a fishing fleet of 232 boats escorted by coastguard ships to the areas around the disputed Diaoyu Islands (known as Senkaku in Japan).”
At that time there are 6 coastguard ships there protecting Chinese fishing boats. Japan protested and told Chinese vessels to leave the area as it regards the Diaoyus as its territories. Chinese coastguard ships, however, told Japanese coastguard ships to leave the area as China regards the Diaoyus as Chinese territories.
I said in that post, “Such protest repeats every year since 2012 when China sent a fishing fleet of 1,000 boats to fish in the disputed waters”.
Perhaps due to Japan’s protest, according to Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily’s report three hours ago, China has sent 7 more coastguard ships there to challenge Japanese coastguard ships. Japan found that 2 of the coastguard ships sailed within 12 nautical miles around the islands, which Japan regard as its territorial waters and lodged a second protest with Chinese embassy in Japan. Such protests, Japan knows, are useless as according to Japanese statistics, Chinese government ships have entered the waters 22 times this year. Japan’s first protest this time has only caused China to send 7 more coastguard ships to the area.
Source: Singtao Daily “13 Chinese coastguard ships sailing near the Diaoyu Islands” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)