Chinese Patrol Ships Have Been In The Area Of The Disputed Senkaku Islands For A Record-Long Time
Monday was the seventieth day during which China's patrol ships are fixed in the area of the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China sea, which are under the control of Tokyo and Beijing considers them its illegally occupied territories, according to the Kyodo news Agency with reference to the Maritime security Administration, which performs the functions of border guards and rescue services in Japan.
According to him, there are now four Chinese ships in the Senkaku area. During the entire conflict around these Islands, Chinese ships have never patrolled in their area for so long.
The uninhabited Senkaku range, along with the island of Taiwan, was annexed to Japan in 1895 following its victory in the war with Imperial China. After its defeat in world war II, Tokyo relinquished its rights to Taiwan. Beijing demands that it do the same for the Senkaku. However, the Japanese government claims that they were not annexed as a result of war, but on legal grounds, since at the end of the XIX century they were uninhabited and did not belong to anyone. For a long time, these Islands were privately owned by a wealthy Japanese family. However, in September 2012, Tokyo bought them out and nationalized them, which caused sharp protests in Beijing. Since then, Chinese guard ships have constantly displayed the flag near the Islands, which has resulted in several dangerous incidents with Japanese patrol ships.