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China instructs fishermen to stay clear of Senkakus

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China has instructed its fishermen to stay away from waters surrounding the disputed Senkaku Islands, possibly to remove an irritant in ties with Japan ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's planned state visit there next spring, sources close to the matter said Thursday.

Fishery authorities in Fujian Province issued the order before a Chinese-ordered fishing suspension in the East China Sea surrounding the Japan-administered group of islets, claimed by China, ends Friday.

The orders call on fishermen via the internet to "not go near the sensitive waters."

On Thursday morning, however, fishermen in the province's city of Shishi were busy preparing for departure by loading ice to cool freshly caught fish on their boats.

"Some boats are headed to fish near the Diaoyu Islands," a 42-year-old fisherman, using the Chinese name for the Senkakus, said while preparing his boat to leave Friday morning.

When asked about the government order, the man denied any knowledge of it.

In addition to Shishi, the provincial capital Fuzhou and Zhao'an County, both facing the East China Sea in the province, have issued similar orders to their fishermen.

Despite recent improvements in Sino-Japanese relations, the territorial row over the Senkakus is still considered a fragile part of bilateral relations.

During their summit on the fringe of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka in June, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Xi confirmed that they will work together to realize a trip by the Chinese president to Japan as a state guest "when cherry blossoms bloom."

In an effort to ensure the success of Xi's planned visit, China has been striving to better relations with Japan. Through the directive, China hopes to prevent fishing boats from going near the inhabited islets, a move sure to cause a strong backlash in Japan, pundits say.

Nonetheless, the Japanese government remains on high alert. In August 2016, 200 to 300 Chinese fishing boats repeatedly entered Japanese territorial waters around the Senkakus even after similar instructions were issued. Some Chinese state vessels did likewise at that time.

Chinese government ships have been doing so more frequently this year compared with last year.

Japan has repeatedly warned China against a similar situation to 2016 via diplomatic means. "We don't know how thoroughly those instructions are being given to the fishermen," a source in the Japanese Embassy in Beijing said.

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Meaning that all along the Chinese government knew very well that it's fishermen were in disputed waters.

How nice of them to have them stop!

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Better than provocative actions.

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You don't need any clearer affirmation of Japan's sovereign rights over the Senkakus!!!

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Be careful when China smiles.

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The fishing boats will be back after Xi's plane departs Tokyo.

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You don't need any clearer affirmation of Japan's sovereign rights over the Senkakus!!!

No. This just means that China recognizes that there is a dispute. China will continue to press its claim the same as Japan keeps pressing claims to the Kuriles and Dokdo. And the hypocrite of the month award goes to......

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@Norman

No. This just means that China recognizes that there is a dispute. China will continue to press its claim the same as Japan keeps pressing claims to the Kuriles and Dokdo. And the hypocrite of the month award goes to......

False equivalency! Russia never claimed that the Kuriles and Dokdo islands were always their property based on some ancient text propaganda. Everyone agrees that those are Japanese islands that were taken doing WWII. Japan just wants them back. Apples and Oranges!

According to Lee Seokwoo, the People's Republic of China (PRC) started taking up the question of sovereignty over the islands in the latter half of 1970 when evidence relating to the existence of oil reserves surfaced.

He concluded "... Accordingly, and having regard to the various factual and legal issues explored above, one is inclined to conclude that Japan has a stronger claim to the disputed islands. In other words, the critical date in this case should be February 1971 (in the case of Taiwan) and December 1971 (in the case of China), as claimed by Japan. This is the more so that historical evidence relating to territorial disputes does not have its own value as history alone, but should be evaluated within the framework of international law on territorial acquisition and loss."

Logic is failing you!

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China has instructed its fishermen to stay away from waters surrounding the disputed Senkaku Islands,

Too bad the instructions don't apply to their warships.

Japan had better begin asserting the islands as their own. Otherwise, through passivity on the part of Japan, China will claim the Senkakus. Will Japan will be comfortable with a Chinese military outpost close to the Ryukyu Islands and Okinawa?

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Japan,

Look at our relationship with S. Korea. The country who suffered no massacres, suffered no unit 731, no bombs drop on Koreans,we paid them compensation, we gave them dozens of apologies, yet we have better relations with China than S.korea

Korea both sides North and South are equally toxic for Japan! Unreliable! Can't keep a promise/agreement.

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"No. This just means that China recognizes that there is a dispute. China will continue to press its claim the same as Japan keeps pressing claims to the Kuriles and Dokdo. "

You don't even "deserve" an answer.

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Everyone agrees that those are Japanese islands that were taken doing WWII. Japan just wants them back.

Just to say "everyone agrees" shows who logic has failed here. There is no agreement about any of the island issues or they would be resolved by now.

Three things about the Senkakus 1) Japan held off on taking them in 1885 and waited ten years to do so specifically because it knew China would object. Why would China have objected to Japan "taking" its own territory? Makes no sense. At the very least Japan knew it was an agreed upon no man's land. 2) After Japan took Taiwan only then did it take the Senkakus. Then Japan administered the islands as part of Taiwan. So even Japan thought the islands went with Taiwan. 3) Japan herself used the Chinese name Diaoyu for the islands until 1900, when the name Senkaku was invented.

I am totally prepared to admit the Senkakus were fairly taken by right of military occupation if the Japanese government does the same for the Kuriles and Dokdo. But the Japanese government is one of the premier hypocrites of planet Earth, so I am not holding my breath.

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Just to say "everyone agrees" shows who logic has failed here. There is no agreement about any of the island issues or they would be resolved by now.

LOL! That is all you got! Even Russia acknowledges that those islands were originally belonging to Japan including you, and Russia offered to give some of them back.

When both parties agree that something is true then that is everyone agreeing.

Your job is to prove that people don't agree that the Kuril and Dokdo islands didn't originally belong to Japan.

It still doesn't distract with your faulty logic in comparing the Senkaku issue.

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But the Japanese government is one of the premier hypocrites of planet Earth, so I am not holding my breath.

Really?  Could you please point out any governments that are not as, or were less hypocritical than the Japanese government? Definitely not the US, China impossible, Russia scares me, and most EU countries don’t even try to speak the truth.

 

The three points you listed, I also agree with them.  But the point is, under rightful international law, whether there were no agreements between Japan and China, they belong to Japan as they took the right steps to claim them.  AND this was way before WWII.  There are no, and should be no disputes.

The Japanese government being hypocritical and ignoring Chinese claims but pressing claims on Kuriles and Dokdo, is just natural.  They are just trying to bring maximum benefits to their own country, just like all their neighboring governments are doing so too.

On the other hand, I am starting to feel sorry against the SK people, as Moon (or the SK government) is now way past being hypocritical, and quite lost in how to bring benefits to their own country.  It seems like it is all about pride and emotion, and forgetting about being rational or logical. (Although this has nothing to do with then topic here)

 

I am surprised that, despite your knowledge and details about this issue, your opinion against Japan is quite biased.  As I would assume you have many historical knowledge on many countries and how hypocritical they were.  Is there a personal reason why you are being harsher against Japan than the others?

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@ Norman Goodman

I wonder why people argue with that. After the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895 , China ( Qing ) ceded Taiwan " and its outlying/ nearby Islands " to Japan . This sentence leaves no doubt about the original ownership of Diaoyu/ Senkaku Islands.

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There was never any dispute,

History shows that the Senkakus Islands have always belonged to the Japanese people!

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Then Japan administered the islands as part of Taiwan.

This is not true; they were administered as part of Okinawa; specifically, Yaeyama-gun, which includes Ishigaki and the rest of the islands that surround it. Yonaguni island, to the west of all these islands including the Senkakus, was and is a separate municipality.

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When Tanaka normalized relations with China the two countries agreed to shelve the question of ownership of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and there was no problem at all until the American Heritage Foundation and Ishihara decided to create one.

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The Chinese regime does not need a conflagration with Japan while cracking down on Hong Kong.

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