Chinese coast guard repels illegal Japanese vessels near Diaoyu Islands

From July 2 to 4, Japanese fishing and patrol vessels unlawfully entered the Diaoyu Islands’ waters, prompting the Chinese Coast Guard to take action to safeguard China’s territorial sovereignty and maritime interests.

From July 2 to July 4, the Chinese Coast Guard reported that Japanese fishing vessels “Kakumaru” and “Zenkoumaru 2,” along with several patrol ships, successively and illegally entered the territorial waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands. This incursion has been met with a firm response from China, emphasizing its commitment to protecting maritime sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The Diaoyu Islands, referred to as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, have been a longstanding source of dispute between China and Japan, each asserting territorial claims. The Chinese government maintains that the islands and their affiliated territories are inherently part of China’s national territory. This latest incident marks a significant escalation in the ongoing dispute over the islands, highlighting the tensions in the East China Sea.

Upon detecting the unauthorized entry of the Japanese vessels, the Chinese Coast Guard immediately deployed multiple ships to the area to enforce maritime regulations and safeguard China’s territorial waters. The Chinese vessels lawfully implemented necessary control measures and issued warnings to the Japanese ships, ordering them to vacate the area. The Chinese Coast Guard stated that their actions were by international maritime law and were necessary to protect national sovereignty, security, and maritime interests.

Chinese authorities have called on Japan to immediately cease all illegal activities in the waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands. The Chinese Coast Guard reiterated its commitment to continuing lawful patrols and enforcement actions in the region to ensure the protection of China’s maritime rights. This firm stance underscores China’s determination to defend its claims and prevent any infringement on its territorial integrity.

The Japanese government, on the other hand, has maintained its position that the Senkaku Islands are an integral part of Japan, and has contested China’s actions in the region. The Japanese Foreign Ministry is expected to lodge a formal protest against what it describes as China’s aggressive behaviour. The ongoing dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands remains a sensitive and complex issue in Sino-Japanese relations, with both sides standing firm on their respective claims.