According to Kyoto News, Japan’s Ministry of Defence published a piece of news on December 22 that at noon that day, an aircraft under China’s State Oceanic Administration was found 100 km away from the Diaoyu Island (called Senkau by Japan). Japan Air Self-Defence Force responded with emergency despatch of its fighters to deal with the Chinese aircraft.
According to the Ministry, the Chinese aircraft was a Y-12. On December 13, a similar type of aircraft under the said Administration was found above the sea area around the Diaoyu.
The Ministry is on higher alert against Chinese activities in the East China Sea and Japan Air Self-Defence Force has deployed its early warning aircraft to strengthen its surveillance and control over the air space above East China Sea.
According to the website of China’s State Oceanic Administration, on December 21 a fleet of China’s Marine Surveillance Ships numbered 50, 83 and 111 patrolled the sea area around the Diaoyus and shouted at Japan’s Coast Guard boats to tell them leave the said sea area as China regards it as its territorial waters.
Now, the difference between Chinese and Japanese practices in the area is that China has sent its navy to the area but Japan has not sent its navy to drive away Chinese ships, but Japan has sent its military aircraft to deal with Chinese aircraft while China only sent its civil administration aircraft to patrol the area.
One further step on either side, either China sends its military aircraft or Japan sends its navy ship to the disputed sea area may give rise to a war between the two countries.
On December 21, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a routine press conference said Chinese administration ships have always maintained routine surveillance patrol in the sea area around the Diaoyu Islands to protect China’s sovereignty over the area. It indicates China’s persistence in marine patrol.
However, as she did not mention whether China will keep on its air patrol and as Japan refrains from sending its navy, there is still hope that neither of them will take the further step to start the war.Sources: Kyoto News, NHK, chinanews. Com, mil.huanqiu.com
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