Chinese ships in 'Japan dispute' waters

Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, days after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused an international stir by comparing Sino-Japanese relations with the run-up to World War One.

Three Chinese coastguard vessels spent around two hours in the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, Japan's coastguard said.

It came as Abe was in New Delhi, where he and Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh affirmed plans to strengthen defence cooperation, including conducting joint maritime exercises on a "regular basis with increased frequency".

His three-day visit to India is being keenly watched by China, analysts say. Beijing is sometimes uneasy about what it sees as an attempt by the US-backed Japan to encircle it.

Beijing also has an often-fractious relationship with Delhi, partly because of a border dispute that erupted into a brief war in 1962. India is keen to burnish friendships in the region to offset its neighbour's growing might.

Abe was in Delhi days after he drew a comparison between Japan and China's relations and those of Britain and Germany as they stumbled towards World War One.

For its part, Beijing has sought to conjure the spectre of Nazism by comparing Abe with Hitler and urging him to emulate Germany's post-war contrition.

Chinese state-owned ships and aircraft have approached the Senkakus on and off to demonstrate Beijing's territorial claims, especially after Japan nationalised some of the islands in September 2012.

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Discussion 1 : 28/01/2014 at 02:41 AM
Well, we have Thais leaning in schools about the master race of Asia.
Discussion 2 : 27/01/2014 at 11:02 PM
When I worked in China in the 80's it was common for senior leaders to speak about 'reclaiming' their empire. They see the whole of SE Asia plus Australia and California as 'once again being Chinese' one day, which they believe is how it was in some fantasy 'past' life. Clearly they are talking nonsense but it is the way many were brought up to think. Combine that attitude with their total lack of empathy or guilt and they are very dangerous :(
Discussion 3 : 27/01/2014 at 10:51 PM
Interesting that he didn’t make any comparison to the run up to World War Two and the state of Sino-Japanese relations during that period in global history.
Discussion 4 : 27/01/2014 at 09:49 PM
I believe it is timely for the rest of the world to look at Chinese behavior from a different angle, ref also Japanese premier's speech in Davos. In line with China's increased influence in the economic state, they also put undue pressure on the world politically, geographically and military. At the same time they deafen all internal criticism, jail opposition members, restrict open dialogue and press, combat oppressively minorities, penalize trading partners, pollute the world to a very sad state, jeopardize their citizens with anything from substandard products to incriminating pollution, ravenous corruption, and the list goes on. It is sad to observe that most political regimes yet again are afraid and reluctant to deal with matters whether it be the US, China or others. I certainly hope that brave Abe's approach will ring a bell around the world! from iPhone application.

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