China Sends 15 Coastguard Ships to Disputed Waters with JapanPosted: August 9, 2016
China has sent 2 more coastguard ships to the sea area near the Diaoyus (known as Senkakus in Japan), setting a new record of having 15 government ships there. The number of boats fishing there has risen to 400 from 230.
Japanese media are shocked by the size of coastguard fleet and some of them regard China’s operation as an attempt to make such operation an established one.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told provincial departments concerned to calmly and resolutely deal with the incident according to international and domestic law and gave the instruction that Japan shall intensify coordination with the US and other countries concerned to provide “correct intelligence” to Japanese people and international community.
However, the website of NHK TV stressed on August 8 that according to the fishery agreement between Japan and China, both countries’ fishing boats can conduct lawful fishing in the sea area.
Source: Global Times “Japanese media amazed by 15 Chinese government ships patrolling the Diaoyus” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)