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East China Sea threat: Tensions flare up when armed Chinese ships enter Japanese waters

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China sent the two ships into waters near the Senkaku Islands as Beijing tried to spread its territorial claims, Express reported.

The Senkaku Islands have long been a matter of dispute between China and Japan because both sides claim sovereignty over the island.

This activity took place when China enacted a new “Law of the Sea”, allowing China’s coast guard to use weapons. The law also allows Chinese warships to act if Beijing sees any ships entering its territorial sea.

Japanese media claimed that the Chinese ships were equipped with a cannon.

According to Nikkei Asia, these two ships have also threatened a Japanese fishing vessel.

The Japanese government subsequently filed a complaint about the Chinese intrusions and ordered the Chinese ships to leave the area immediately.

Ministers from both the United Kingdom and Japan have previously voiced concerns about China’s increased military presence in both the South China Sea and East China Sea.

The March 16 invasion is believed to be the seventh such time this year. Although the two Chinese ships left after being warned by the Japanese government, the move into disputed waters with Japan is believed to be Xi’s latest show of force.

In a statement earlier this month from British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, Defense Minister Ben Wallace and Japan including Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo, the four raised their concerns about the region. .

“The four ministers expressed serious concern about the situation in the East China and South China Seas and strongly opposed any unilateral efforts to change the status quo and increase tensions,” they said.

“The four Ministers reaffirmed the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea and urged all parties to exercise self-restraint and curb activities that would potentially increase tensions. especially militarization and coercion ”.

“They emphasize the importance of the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which sets out the legal framework within it. all activities in oceans and seas must be carried out and all maritime claims must be based on relevant UNCLOS regulations ”.

On the US side, although Joe Biden has not completely clarified his position on issues in the region, he has expressed his desire to maintain the anti-Beijing stance of former President Donald Trump.

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