Ten years after Senkaku fishing boat crash, China’s claim to territorial claims strengthens September 7 at 4:37 a.m.
It has been seven days since a Chinese fishing boat crashed into a Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel in Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture. After the incident, China has been making further efforts to assert its territorial rights, including the activation of activities around the Senkaku Islands and the confirmation of navigation in the connected waters of Chinese ships for 111 consecutive days.
Ten years ago, on September 7, 2010, a Chinese fishing boat crashed into a Coast Guard patrol vessel in Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands, and the Chinese captain of the fishing boat was arrested on suspicion of obstructing the execution of official duties.
After the incident, China became active by dispatching fishing monitoring vessels off the Senkaku Islands in the name of protecting fishing boats, and since the Japanese government nationalized the Senkaku Islands in 2012, it has remained in the surrounding waters and repeatedly invaded territorial waters.
From April to last month, for the longest period of 111 consecutive days after nationalization, the Navigation of the Chinese Coast Guard’s vessels in the connected waters was confirmed, and in May, the government has further strengthened its efforts to assert its territorial rights, such as approaching and tracking Japanese fishing boats in territorial waters.
In recent years, the China Maritime Police Department has been strengthening its equipment, including the size of ships, and in June, it has revised its law so that it can operate its troops in un together under the same command line as the Chinese Navy in the event of training or emergency, and is expected to further escalate its activities in the surrounding waters with the aim of destroying Japan’s effective control.
Invasion of territorial waters has skyrocketed.
Since Japan nationalized the Senkaku Islands in September 2012, the number of ships entering territorial waters has skyrocketed.
According to the Japan Coast Guard, there was one invasion of the territorial waters of Chinese ships in 2011 of the previous year, but 23 cases were confirmed in 2012, and the number of cases has more than doubled to 52.
Since then, about 20 to 30 territorial waters have been confirmed every year.
In addition, the number of days that Chinese ships have sailed in the connected waters has increased rapidly since 2012, and from April to last month, navigation within the connected waters was confirmed for 111 consecutive days, the longest since the nationalization of the Senkaku Islands.
In addition to 12 large patrol vessels dedicated to guarding the waters around the Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard also operates several aircraft to guard and monitor them 24 hours a day.