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China moves to stop Japan's illegal maritime surveying


10:44, March 03, 2012

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- China's maritime authority said Friday it will boost surveillance in the East China Sea, and stop Japan's illegal survey activities in accordance with the law to safeguard the country's sea rights.

The remarks made, by an official with the East China Sea branch of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), came after two vessels of the Japan Coast Guard were discovered conducting survey activities in China's territorial waters in the East China Sea.

Japan's move has severely infringed upon China's sovereignty, and runs contrary to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and relevant Chinese laws, the official said.

China's position on the East China Sea issue is clear and consistent. It has zero tolerance for Japan's unilateral survey action without permission of the Chinese government.

Japan must halt such activities, otherwise it will bear full responsibility for the consequences, the official said.

Last month, Chinese patrols spotted two Japanese ships, the Takuyo and the Shoyo, carrying out survey activities in China's waters in the East China Sea. The vessels left after receiving a warning from the Chinese side, according to the SOA and China Marine Surveillance.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs later voiced opposition to Japan's unilateral surveying in disputed waters in the East China Sea.


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Frank at 2012-03-07200.3.181.*
Get Damned Japs out of Chinese Territory!
Fred at 2012-03-0424.141.36.*
Congratulations! Excellent news sofar! Please don"t stop by just issuing warnings only! Let"s make sure that we will be firing warning shots over those Japenese ships that are illegally roaming around our islands of Diao Yu Dao! The Japanese will not stop at anything that is not showing the "full force" of our country!!! Thanks.
JJ at 2012-03-03118.101.112.*
China"s stand on the the unilateral survey on East China sea by Japan should be stopped and wanring should be made to Japan on such move to test the patience of the Chinese Government. It time for China to mean business, if these surrounding countries want to listen to their western master and does not take the path of friendly settlement of the China sea with China.
Liang1a at 2012-03-0398.177.140.*
Good for China! Time to tell the Japanese to respect Chinese sovereignty. But China must follow up this with more than words. It is time for China to "arrest" illegal survey ships or to sink them if they resist arrest. Only action can protect Chinese sovereignty.
lovingchina at 2012-03-03183.39.30.*
Yes and get it done! But, if you haven't got a torpedo, hire some from "old_Kim" who did a very good job in sea-border-guarding; else these thieves / robbers will keep coming back for more!!

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