Four China coast guard ships in disputed waters


Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters Friday, Japan's coast guard said, a week after Beijing said talks on the corrosive row were possible if Tokyo acknowledged the existence of a disagreement.

The four Chinese coast guard vessels went into territorial waters off one of the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands -- which Beijing calls the Diaoyus -- at about 3 p.m., the Japanese coast guard said.

The ships left the zone about three hours later, it said.

It was the first such incident reported in eight days.

Often-testy ties have soured dramatically since Tokyo's nationalisation of part of the chain a year ago, with frequent confrontations between official ships from both sides.

Japan annexed what it says were the unclaimed islands in 1895. It says China's assertion of ownership only came after the discovery of resources in the seabed at the close of the 1960s.

Beijing maintains that the islands have been its territory for hundreds of years and were illegally snatched by Tokyo at the start of an acquisitive drive across Asia that culminated in World War II.

Last week, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing was prepared to sit down with Tokyo as long as Japan acknowledged there was a dispute over the sovereignty of the islands.

Tokyo is reluctant to recognize any dispute for fear it would give a measure of legitimacy to China's claim by indicating there is a prima facie case to answer.

© (C) 2013 AFP

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The CCP have a strange concept of 'diplomacy'. Do what we want or we''ll stick a gun in your face; I guess it comes from 60 years of isolation, and intimidating, imprisoning, or killing anyone who questions your myopic world-view. The sooner China unburdens itself of these clowns, the better off it will be.

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This is how China is making itself be perceived as the enemy.

Why even do this when they could simply do negotiations?

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Japan should proceed with building a manned structure on one of the islands as soon as possible. China is not going to start a war over it.

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