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That does not include foreign military vessels. Duh.

That is not true either. There is nothing in the rule expressly prohibiting naval vessels from taking advantage of that rule, but they cannot conduct any kind of military operation during their transit through another nation's territorial waters. They must pass through without stopping, making any detours or conducting military operations (firing weapons, operating aircraft, etc.) on their way from one port call to another.

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Under the UN Law of the Sea foreign vessels are allowed to travel through the territorial waters of another country.

That is only true if doing so is the shortest route between two ports the ship is making port calls in, and the ship does not stop or conduct any kind of operations in those third nation territorial waters. Otherwise entering another nation's territorial waters without permission is illegal. Please do not try to distort maritime law by omitting crucial caveats such as those I mentioned.

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I think Japan needs to build a class of Coast Guard cutters with heavily reinforced hulls designed for shouldering and ramming. Equip them with fire fighting monitors that spray something slimy and truly awful smelling, then start bumping some of these Chinese ships that intrude into Japanese territorial waters and spray their crew with slimy crud.

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 Does China object to Japanese vessels using the South China Sea?

The South China Sea are not China's sovereign territorial waters, the Nine Dash Line lie notwithstanding. But, yeah, some slithering reptile from the Chinese Foreign Ministry whines like a spoiled brat whenever foreign warships sail through the international waters of the South China Sea.

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TheRegulatorToday  05:04 am JST

Under the UN Law of the Sea foreign vessels are allowed to travel through the territorial waters of another country. 

That does not include foreign military vessels. Duh.

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Meh. Same crap the US alliances have done to them for decades. Boring.

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So China is claiming Kagoshima other than the Senkakus too? Or, are the balloons it is releasing for innocent passage too?

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Under the UN Law of the Sea foreign vessels are allowed to travel through the territorial waters of another country. Therefore it doesn't look like China is breaking any laws but hey it makes for another story where tensions can be ratcheted up.

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Why are the Chinese doing this? Because they're not afraid of Japan. Because Japan has no teeth.

So then, if Japan wants to safeguard their future... What do they need to do about that??

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A waste of time, because nothing significant happened. One ship is no real threat and expressed concerns are no real countermeasures.

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Next time fire a warning shot! Allowing an unwelcome intruder into your house needs a forceful reaction otherwise they will walk all over you and take what they want. Grow a spine Japan!

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Stephen ChinToday  07:28 pm JST

Why has Japan objected to a small Chinese naval vessel in waters off Japan? Does China object to Japanese vessels using the South China Sea?

The South China Sea is not China's territorial waters. As much as they may think it is.

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englisc aspyrgendToday  07:29 pm JST

Much though I like the idea of putting a shot across their bow (perhaps they could carry a 24 pounder cannon just for that?) however if the Chinese vessel is in international waters, which includes the EEZ, they have every right under international maritime law to be there

"A Chinese navy survey vessel on Sunday entered Japan's territorial waters"

"The vessel sailed out of the territorial waters near Kuchinoshima Island, about 50 kilometers southwest of Yakushima, at around 4:10 a.m."

This doesn't look like International Waters or simply within Japan's EEZ.

"territorial waters, in international law, that area of the sea immediately adjacent to the shores of a state and subject to the territorial jurisdiction of that state".

https://www.britannica.com/topic/territorial-waters

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Territorial boundaries should maintained and respected in both countries but China as usual violates international military provocation.

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Japan has submarines, right? Isn’t they job to make foreign military vessels intruding Japanese territorial waters to sail down? I hope next article will start like this: “Japan is a peaceful nation, but the ocean in its territorial waters is a bit rough etc…”

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Much though I like the idea of putting a shot across their bow (perhaps they could carry a 24 pounder cannon just for that?) however if the Chinese vessel is in international waters, which includes the EEZ, they have every right under international maritime law to be there, regardless of how deliberately irritating they may be.

The correct response is to monitor them closely, possibly over fly with a couple of fast jets just to send the message.

If they intrude in to national waters that is an entirely different ball game.

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The seas around Japan, the South China Sea, the seas around the Indonesian Islands, the Straits of Malaca leading to the Indian Ocean are filled with thousands upon thousands upon thousands of naval, commercial passenger and all sorts and sizes of passing ships 24/7/12/365 days. Why has Japan objected to a small Chinese naval vessel in waters off Japan? Does China object to Japanese vessels using the South China Sea?

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Japan should have put a shot across its bow. Not doing so is a sign of incompetence, not just intransigence.

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maybe they were being a diversion while they slipped in a submarine.

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Such as determining underwater topography for submarine navigation

Of Course

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See ?! You let 'em buy ONE island, and they think they OWN the place.

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A Chinese navy survey vessel...

Sure. They were surveying the JSDF response.

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China being provocative as always. Laughable that Chinese Navy "Survey ships" are in the area - the entire region has been "surveyed" long ago. China is just desperately hoping for a reaction from Japan - and that a conflict will ensue.

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They are just checking on the weather patters. China told us not to make a fuss about what they are doing on a global scale.

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China....being China as usual. Just can't be a nice quet friendly neighbor.

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