JAPANESE COAST GUARD RELEASES VIDEO SHOWING HUNDREDS OF CHINESE SHIPS NEAR DISPUTED ISLAND | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


JAPANESE COAST GUARD RELEASES VIDEO SHOWING HUNDREDS OF CHINESE SHIPS NEAR DISPUTED ISLAND

One week after Japan vocally complained to China over what it alleged was a fleet of 300 Chinese vessels spotted near the disputed territory of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, with Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama summoning and complaining to China’s Ambassador Cheng Yonghua that the incident had infringed on Japan’s sovereignty, the Japanese coast guard released a video showing hundreds of Chinese vessels sailing in the contentious territory. The aerial footage indicates the high level of tension in the area.

The video, which was shot from inside a low-flying patrol aircraft, has been released online by the Japanese Coast Guard, the Japan Times reported on Tuesday. The footage shows 200 to 300 Chinese fishing boats accompanied by 28 Chinese patrol ships spotted in areas just outside Japanese territorial waters around the Senkakus, as well as Japanese patrol ships trying to prevent the Chinese ships from advancing into the disputed area.

Toward the end of the video, the 1,500-ton Japanese patrol ship Aguni, armed with 20mm cannon, approaches a Chinese Coast Guard vessel and a fishing boat. The Aguni then flashes a warning: “Your ship has intruded into the territorial waters of our country … passage in Japanese waters is not allowed. Get out of this area immediately,” according to Japanese captions to the video cited by the newspaper.

As RT reports, the Japanese Coast Guard later claimed that seven out of 18 Chinese patrol vessels spotted around the Senkakus were equipped with what “looked like machine guns,” according to the Japan Times. “Actions by the Chinese side like this, which will escalate the situation, are not tolerable,” the Japanese Coast Guard said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This brinkmanship is going to devolve into a shooting war before too long, unless all parties are ready to sit down at the negotiating table and work these issues out calmly and intelligently.

Unfortunately, I don't see that happening any time soon.

I see these tensions coming to a boiling point well before the end of this year; I hope to heck I am wrong; however, the current course of events seems to scream that war will be the outcome here.

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