By Zhao Wei, Sina English
On the evening of September 21, about 30 Japanese coastguard and police officers landed on the Diaoyu Islands, which was said to prevent Taiwan activists from landing the islands.
It is a severe infringement upon China's territorial sovereignty, and the Chinese government has lodged solemn representations and strong protests to the Japanese government on Saturday.
China urged the Japanese government to stop all acts that infringe upon China's territorial sovereignty, and will continue to take measures to firmly safeguard its sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands.
In a separate report, a gathering of about 1,400 right-wing activists staged a mass anti-China demonstration in Tokyo Saturday, vowing to defend the "Senkakus Islands" (the Chinese Diaoyu Island) and safeguard “Japan's territorial integrity.” The Chinese Embassy in Japan has urged Japan to take measures to ensure the safety of Chinese Embassy and Chinese institutions.
As of 5:30 a.m. local time on September 23, a flotilla of 10 Chinese surveillance ships was reportedly patrolling near the Diaoyu Islands, three of which entered the contiguous zone, according to a report by Japan’s NHK.
Japan’s 11th Regional Coast Guard confirmed on September 22 that another Chinese fishery ship was spotted within the contiguous zone about 44 kilometers off the Huangweiyu Island, one of the Diaoyu Islands chain. It is reported that since September 18, no less than 10 Chinese ships have been spotted patrolling around the waters of the Diaoyu Islands.
Japan’s Coast Guard has been on high alert and is ready to dispatch patrolling ships to prevent these Chinese ships from “approaching Japan’s territory waters”, said the Japanese media.