Skip to comments.Chinese ships sail through disputed waters: Japan Coast Guard
Posted on 02/01/2014 8:46:24 PM PST by rdl6989
TOKYO: Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Sunday as diplomatic tension between Tokyo and Beijing intensifies.
Three Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at about 10:00am (0100 GMT), Japan's coastguard said.
It came days after a diplomatic battle over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a contested war shrine reached the UN Security Council, with China and Japan accusing each other of threatening stability.
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Why do Chinese coast guard cutters look so much like ours?
Why do Chinese Coast Guard ships have “Chinese Coast Guard” written on them in English?
Because China has maritime disputes with a bunch of neighbors who don't speak Chinese including the Japanese, Russians, Vietnamese, North and South Koreans, Filipinos, Bruneians, Malaysians, etc. Probably forgetting others here...
“You vill wache die kusten.”
Given computers, entertainment and such, the whole world is eager to learn English, except a few places like America and Quebec.
China is helping to cause what China and many others in Asia say they don’t want, a re-militarized Japan. If that trend continues without pause, China is likely to mistake Japan’s current pacifism, so far, and cause an incident everyone in Asia, and the U.S., will regret.
The only solution to these disputes in the waters of East Asia is through multi-party negotiatons and multi-party agreements. Many of the disputes have more than two claimants in them. But China does not want multi-party negotiations and agreements on them. China hopes to bully one party or another into separate agreements with them, leaving the other party or parties left against China plus whomever China comes to an independent agreement with.
Japan is definately the wrong party to be attempting that bullying with. It is not likely to result in Japan making any separate agreement with China. So any agressive moves China is making with respect to Japan is likely being done to say to the other parties that China is willing to challenge even Japan, so they, each of them, better make THEIR separate agreements with China. That would fit well with China’s habit of always playing the “WWII cards” in its efforts to separate MODERN PEACEFUL Japan from the rest of Asia - the rest of Asia whom Japan has good relations and good international trade with, but with whom also all have bad memories of Japan’s past.
Japan is not helping either, because all the “anti-Japan cards” that anyone in Asia has are WWI-WWII related, related to behaviors Japan has renounced and not engaged in again any longer. And yet, in its own nationalistic pride the elected leaders from Japan’s political class keep catering to the symbolic reminders of those who tarnished its past and the political class refuses to allow Japanese education to teach many of the horrible truths about that past. These “face saving” attributes of Japan’s political class and leaders are performing a great disservice to modern Japan, because they provide grist for the mill that lifts up all the anti-Japanese sentiments left from its past.
I would like to see Japan remind China it cannot be bullied. But Japan would have less resentment about that in the rest of Asia if it’s political class wasn’t so helpful in making some in Asia think it really is not a different Japan than the Japan that ran its empire over them in the first half of the last century. I truly believe it is a different Japan, but the political class acts in some ways that don’t help convince Japan’s neighbors of that.