A China Coast Guard patrol vessel, equipped with what appear to be cannons, is seen in October in Japan’s contiguous zone around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. Courtesy of the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters (CTTO)

TOKYO — In the one month since China put into force its coast guard law — legislation stipulating conditions for the use of weapons by its coast guard — Chinese patrol vessels increasingly intruded into Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. A total of 14 Chinese marine patrol vessels entered Japan’s waters from Feb. 1 to the evening of Feb. 28, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters based in Naha. That compares with six in January, and zero to 12 a month last year.

On almost every occasion in February, the Chinese vessels tracked Japanese fishing boats operating in the area. Some of the Chinese vessels were equipped with what appeared to be cannons.

The Chinese patrol vessels “have been approaching Japanese fishing boats more frequently than ever,” a Japan coast guard official said.

There is no sign that China will stop its provocative activities in the waters around the Senkaku Islands. The Japanese government wants to put international pressure on China by convincing the world that the Chinese coast guard law is problematic under international laws.

China unilaterally claims territorial rights to the Senkaku Islands. The Chinese patrol vessels have been demanding that Japanese fishing boats leave the waters via radio and electronic bulletin boards. (Click here to read more…)




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