Japan nationalised the Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands by Japan) to claim its sovereignty over the islands. According to Ming Pao, to counter that and claim China’s sovereignty over those islands under dispute, Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Li Baodong delivered the coordinates of the base points for the baseline and the marine chart of China’s territorial sea around the islands.
Amid flaring nationalism, Chinese people have protested and refused to buy Japanese goods. A man even burnt a Honda Civic he owned before Honda’s sales outlet in Shanghai.
So far six Japanese have been injured by angry Chinese.
Now, China has sent six marine surveillance ships to patrol the area. What has Japan done?
It lodged a formal diplomatic protest.
Has Japan sent its navy to drive away Chinese ships?
Reuters says in its report, “The Japanese coast guard said it ordered the ships to leave Japan’s territorial waters, but only two complied, leaving four Chinese vessels still in the disputed area.
“No force had been used to remove the Chinese ships, a coast guard official said.
“‘We’ll do our utmost in vigilance and surveillance,’ said Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda when asked about Japan’s responses.”
It seems that he does not want to fight a war now. However, under pressure from Japanese nationalists he may send his navy.
I wonder what China will do if Japan does send its navy to drive away Chinese marine surveillance ships. Will China send its navy to protect those ships?
A naval war between China and Japan seems imminent.
- Six Chinese surveillance ships reach near islands disputed with Japan (chinadailymail.com)
- Chinese ships breach Japan’s naval border (rt.com)
- Japanese, Chinese ships exchange warnings near disputed islands (cbc.ca)