Jun Tsuruta | Tribune News Service THE Senkaku Islands (known in China as the Diaoyu Islands) comprise a group of five islands, including Uotsuri
, Kuba (or Kobisho) and Taisho (or Sekibisho), along with three reefs.
Further tension between Beijing and Tokyo over the Senkaku/Diaoyu occurred beginning on September 11, 2012, when the Japanese government signed a $26.1 million contract with private businessman Kunioki Kurihara to purchase three of these islands: Uotsuri
, Kita-Kojima, and Minami-Kojima.
Japan alleged Monday that China violated the international maritime law when three Chinese patrol vessels trespassed into sovereign Japanese waters. The alleged incursion occurred in the area off Uotsuri
Island in the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea shortly after 10:30 a.m.
by Reuters A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri
island, top, Minamikojima, bottom, and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012.
On this map, the international boundary is to the east of Taiwan but to the west of the Senkakus, which are clearly labeled in Chinese characters as Uotsuri
Island [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and as the Senkaku Islands [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
FILE - A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri
island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012.FILE - A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri
island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012.
Tensions escalated again in August 2012 after Japan arrested and deported fourteen people who sailed to Uotsuri
Islet aboard a ship from Hong Kong.
A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship spotted the three Chinese government vessels off Uotsuri
Island, one of the Senkakus on Sunday, according to Japan's (NHK WORLD) website.
China's State Oceanic Administration said that after its three marine surveillance ships -- Haijian 51, 23 and 46 -- spotted the Japanese boats in the area of Uotsuri
, the largest islands in the Senkakus, five other its ships -- Haijian 50, 15, 49, 66 and 137 -- were ordered to switch course and converge on the area.
The three marine surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial zone off Uotsuri
, one of the islands, shortly after 7:00 am (2200 GMT Wednesday), the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.
The three marine surveillance ships entered the zone off Uotsuri
, one of the Senkaku islands, shortly before 1:00 pm (0400 GMT), the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement, AFP reported.
According to the Japan Times, the government has attempted to justify the nationalization of Uotsuri
, Kitakojima and Minamikojima in the Senkaku chain by portraying the move as necessary to block hawkish Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara's plan to purchase the islands from a Saitama businessman.