Tokyo Lodges Protest To Beijing For Entering Into Japan’s Territorial Waters

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Tokyo lodges protest to Beijing after Chinese coast guard ships entered into Japan’s territorial waters. The water is off the disputed East China Sea islands. According to Japanese officials, the Chinese ships have refused to move out for a third day on Tuesday, 13th October 2020.

Two Chinese coast guard ships have entered the Japanese-claimed waters on Sunday morning, 11th October 2020. They were appearing to approach a Japanese fishing boat carrying three crew members. According to Japanese coast guard officials, they have remained in the waters, ignoring repeated warnings and exit demands by the Japanese side. China calls and claims these waters as Diaoyu.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato of Japan said on Tuesday, 13th October 2020 that it was extremely regrettable that the two Chinese ships were still in Japanese waters. Japan has strictly protested to the Chinese side. According to Kato, they have also demanded that the Chinese ships immediately move out of Japanese waters. He further said that Japan will firmly defend its territorial waters, land, and airspace. And they will do it with a sense of urgency.

Japan protests to China for entering Japanese waters - CNA
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Tokyo Lodges Protests To Beijing

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Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi of Japan said that China’s continuous attempt to change the status quo by force in the East China Sea where Chinese warships routinely operate and its continuous intrusion into the Japanese waters despite Tokyo’s protests is intolerable. He further said that they have to respond to situations when it comes to the Senkaku islands calmly. This is so as not to escalate tensions. They are urging China to use self-restraint on any actions so as not to heighten the tension.

According to the Japanese government, Japan has had ownership of the Senkaku Islands since the late 1890s. The ownership is under international law. According to Tokyo around 1970 Beijing also started claiming its ownership of these islands. This started when there were reports of possible undersea oil deposits near the islands.

According to Japan, China’s military development and an increasingly assertive stance in the East and South China seas is a major and huge security threat to the country. Also, Japan’s military invasion of China in the 1930s and 1940s remains a sore spot between the two sides.

In a media briefing in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian claimed Diaoyu island and its affiliated islands as China’s inherent territory. He said that it is China’s right to carry out maritime patrols. This is to enforce the law in the waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands. He also said that the Japanese side should earnestly respect this.

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