Chinese vessels never leave Diaoyu waters

2012-11-28 03:06:12 GMT2012-11-28 11:06:12(Beijing Time)  SINA English

By Yu Runze, Sina English

Chinese surveillance ships on Tuesday sailed into the waters off the Diaoyu Islands to expel Japanese ships, the Japan Coast Guard said

Two Chinese maritime surveillance vessels entered waters around the Diaoyu Islands from 8 a.m. to 8:25 a.m., according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture.

When Japanese ships entered the waters around the Diaoyu Islands, Chinese ships warned the Japanese ships to leave the Chinese territorial waters via radio.

This was in departure from the previous Japanese reports quoting Japan Coast Guard, saying Chinese vessels have left the waters around the island on November 23.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at Monday’s press conference, that Chinese maritime surveillance ships act on the rights to safeguard Chinese territorial sovereignty, incessantly keeping surveillance mission and patrolling the waters off the Diaoyu Islands.

Also in response to South Korea's recent decision to submit formal claim of continental shelf to UN, Hong Lei said that China's position on the East China Sea is clear and consistent.

“Chinese government has announced that preparations for the submission concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf in the E. China Sea were close to completion. And we will make a submission to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) in the near term,” Hong added.

Abe says to upgrade Japans' SDF to a full military

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party head Shinze Abe said in a recent TV appearance that he would upgrade Japan's Self-Defense Forces to a national military and enact legislation stipulating its rules of engagement, according to a Kyodo report.

"The SDF will be recognized as a military," Abe said in a TV Asahi program. "We will create the necessary organization to ensure it will operate under the rules of engagement.”

At present, the SDF does not have rules of engagement like other countries except standards on the use of weapons.

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution renounces war as a means of resolving international conflicts and denies possession of war potential.

"The first and second clauses of Article 9 of the Constitution give the impression that Japan can never have a military and are confusing. We should stop twisting the facts," Abe was quoted as saying.

He added that if the SDF becomes a national military, war prisoners would be treated as such, otherwise they are pure killers, justifying his call that SDF be positioned as national defense forces.

Chinese navy vessels conduct routine training in W. Pacific

Chinese naval fleets went through the Miyako Strait to the West Pacific for routine training activities at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, Xinhua News reported.

The ship formation consists of guided missile destroyers Hangzhou and Ningbo, missile frigates Zhoushan and Maanshan, comprehensive supply ship Poyang Lake, and shipboard helicopters.

The training will focus on day-and-night continuous navigation, far-seas operations, surface ship escorting and cooperative search between warships and airplanes.

"This is an annual, planned, and routine drill. The training is aimed to strengthen the navy’s capacity of long-term and far- seas operations and its ability to fulfill multiple military tasks,” said deputy head of East China Sea Fleet.

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