` Two Chinese Coastguard Ships Sailed in to Disputed Waters off-Japan’s Administered Islands ‘

The latest in the on-going tensions in the South China Sea. Yet, even as Japan stands against China, the United States still remains distracted (and maybe disenchanted) with putting so much diplomatic emphasis on the region. Even as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rails Beijing on issues like CyberSecurity and the Law of Sea, President Obama hardly emphasized China or the Far East in his West Point Commencement Speech.

Warnings are great, but the muscle has not appeared to back it up

Ace News Services

#AceNewsServices – TOKYO – May 31 – Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness.

The Japanese coastguard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, around 10 am (0100 GMT).

Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached the East China Sea archipelago — thought to harbour natural resources — since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, setting off the latest spate of incidents in a long-running territorial dispute.


Saturday’s incursion was the first of official Chinese vessels into the disputed waters since May 2 and the 12th this year.

China is also locked in territorial disputes, in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost entirely.

There have been…

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