Tuesday, February 23, 2021 06:00 AM (GMT + 7)
In a row on February 20 and 21, China sent a seagoing vessel into Japan’s territorial sea, close to the disputed Senkaku / Diaoyu islands. The Chinese Coast Guard also chased the Japanese fishing vessel closer, according to SCMP.
The Chinese Coast Guard is on patrol (photo: SCMP)
According to experts, the latest move shows that China wants to increase pressure on both Japan and the US over the sovereignty of the Senkaku / Diaoyu islands.
On 22.2, Japan deployed a coastal patrol force to ensure that its fishing vessels can operate normally and warn Chinese ships to leave the territorial sea.
The Japanese Coast Guard said they discovered two Chinese ships in the area contiguous to Japanese territorial waters. One of the two ships above is armed with large cannons.
In mid-February of this year, Japan sent a note protesting against Beijing after an incident that Tokyo deemed “unacceptable” when a Chinese coastal ship chased away a fishing vessel near Japan near the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands. .
James Brown – an expert on international relations at Temple University (Japan) – said that Sino-Japanese tensions could escalate seriously when Beijing proved tough on the Senkaku / Diaoyu issue.
“The next step after chasing China can arrest a Japanese fishing vessel or fisherman operating near the disputed archipelago,” said Brown.
Go Ito – an expert on international relations at Meiji University – does not believe that Chinese customs dare arrest Japanese fishing vessels or fishermen at this time.
“President Biden recently took office and most likely China is just trying to test the US response after the provocative actions recently,” Mr. Ito said.
America needs to show support for its Japanese ally right now, according to the expert (photo: Asia Times)
According to Ito, it is very important for the US to show a close alliance with Japan at the moment. In 2021, China may have more “aggressive” actions near the Senkaku / Diaoyu islands.
Since the beginning of this year, China has sent ships 9 times to come close to the Senkaku / Diaoyu islands. In fact, Japan is the party that controls these islands.
“China is adopting a salami slice tactic with Japan. They wanted to show people that Japan was losing control of Senkaku. I am concerned that Japan seems to be really letting that happen ”, commented Mr. Ito.
“Tokyo should no longer waste time quoting promises of American protection. The Biden administration has made a promise, and Beijing wants to know if the US keeps it. In the next few months, Chinese ships may appear more and more “, Mr. Ito added.
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