[WORLD] Japan Considering Stationing its’ Officials on Disputed Territory with China
D-Bo, Sept. 11, 2013, 12:26 p.m.
There are a chain of islands in the East China Sea territory that Japan is considering to station its’ officials on. These statements, by a Japanese government official, prompted a quick response from the Chinese foreign ministry. Hong Lei, of the Ministry, has said, “"accept the consequences" if it "recklessly makes provocative moves."
The comments come a day before the one-year anniversary of Japan's purchase of some of the islands from their private Japanese landowner -- a move that sparked days of angry anti-Japan protests in China.
Vessels from the China Maritime Surveillance and the Japan Coast Guard are seen near disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Sept. 10, 2013. /Reuters
Since then, China has sent increased regular air and sea patrols near the disputed East China Sea territory, in what some see as an effort to challenge Japan's control of the islands.
On Tuesday, Japan formally complained to Beijing over the presence of eight Chinese government ships in the area. The Japanese coastguard says the flotilla is the biggest of its kind since April.
On Monday, Japan scrambled fighter jets in the East China Sea after it spotted what it said was an unmanned aircraft flying toward Japan.
Some fear that such incidents could lead to an accidental clash between the two Asian powers.
The disputed isles are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.