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China Escalates Islands Challenge to Japan on Philippine Success

Discussion in 'China & Asia Pacific' started by Soumya, Aug 8, 2013.

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  1. Soumya

    Soumya Major STAR MEMBER

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    China escalated tensions with Japan by sending ships into waters near islands claimed by both sides for more than 24 hours, drawing a formal diplomatic protest from the Japanese government.

    Ships from China’s newly formed coast guard remained in the Japanese-controlled waters for the longest time since Japan bought the islands last year, Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a briefing in Tokyo today. Japan’s Foreign Ministry summoned a Chinese diplomat and “sternly protested,†he said.

    The Chinese move mirrors the approach it has taken in asserting its sovereignty claims in a dispute with the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea. That strategy signals a more aggressive stance amid a broader push by President Xi Jinping to make China a maritime power in the region.

    “The tempo of China’s presence appears to be increasing, but remains below high levels since last September,†Taylor Fravel, an associate professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in an e-mail. “Like Scarborough, China is trying to create a new status quo.â€

    In June, the Philippines protested what it called “the massive presence of Chinese military and paramilitary ships†around land features it claims in the South China Sea. The Philippines asked the United Nations in January to rule on its dispute with China, which moved to take control of the Scarborough Shoal a year after a standoff between Philippine and Chinese ships.

    Relations Deteriorate

    Xi said earlier this month that China must improve its ability to safeguard its maritime rights while settling disagreements peacefully. “In no way will the country abandon its legitimate rights and interests,†Xi said.

    Relations between Japan and China have deteriorated since September when the Japanese government purchased three of the five islands from their private owner. Since then, China has regularly sent ships into the waters off the islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese.

    The Chinese action around the islands comes two days after Japan unveiled the largest Japanese military ship its produced since World War II. Yesterday, China’s Defense Ministry said Asian neighbors must be alert to Japan’s defense buildup after it unveiled the ship.

    “It is clear that the Senkaku Islands are Japan’s territory, in terms of history and international law,†Suga said today. “This incursion into our territorial waters is the longest since our government bought the islands in September. It is extremely regrettable and we cannot accept it.â€

    China Escalates Islands Challenge to Japan on Philippine Success - Bloomberg
     
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    Devil Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    unless we see a war soon and new pm in india with rafael delivery fast forwaded this is how its going to be
     
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