Expert: Japan hypes up “Chinese warship invasion” to strengthen military deployment around Diaoyu Islands

Source: China Military OnlineEditor: Yao Jianing
2016-06-24 17:20


The photo showing the Chinese naval warship is released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

BEIJING, June 24 (ChinaMil) -- Japanese Kyodo News cited sources from Japan’s Defense Ministry that from 17:00 on June 19 to 14:00 on June 20, a Chinese naval intelligence collection ship sailed forth and back several times along the east-west direction in the waters near the Diaoyu Islands. But the report acknowledges that the Chinese naval vessel did not enter Japanese territorial waters and contiguous zones.

Wang Xiaopeng, an expert in maritime and border studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said in an interview of CCTV’s "Asia Today" that Japan was fabricating "China Threat Theory” in order to strengthen its military deployment around the Diaoyu Islands and to justify Japan’s intervention in the South China Sea issues.

Previously, Japan's Defense Ministry said the Chinese naval ship entered "Japanese territorial waters" west of Kagoshima’s Kuchinoerabu-jima at around 3:00 on June 15 and left at around 5:00 in the morning.

Chinese Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry have refuted the accusation, saying that the Chinese ship sailed through the Tokara Strait, which is a territorial strait used for international navigation. The Chinese ship's sailing abides by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

But the Japanese government repeatedly claimed that the Chinese warship might violate the right of innocent passage in territorial waters. In that case, how is the territorial strait used for international navigation defined? Why would Japan confuse the right of passage through a strait used for international navigation with the right of innocent passage in territorial waters?

Wang Xiaopeng said that one chapter of the UNCLOS is specifically on straits used for international navigation. Any ship has the right of passage in such straits, and Tokara Strait is apparently a strait for international navigation.

The so-called "right of innocent passage" in territorial waters accused by Japan is entirely different compared with the concept of the right of transit passage. The former emphasizes on sovereignty while the latter emphasizes on the right of passage.

Japan deliberately confuses these two concepts and tamper with the concepts in order to fake the news that "Chinese warship invades Japanese territorial waters" and to speculate the so-called "China Threat Theory".

Wang Xiaopeng said that Japan has been biased in the normal development of China's maritime power in recent years. With speculation, Japan tried to undermine China’s rights in freedom of navigation and safety of navigation in relevant international waters.

Furthermore, Japan is also trying to fabricate the "China Threat Theory" in order to strengthen its military deployment around the Diaoyu Islands and to create a justification for Japan’s intervention in the South China Sea issues.

The author is Huang Zijuan, reporter from the People’s Daily Online. The opinions expressed here are those of the writer and don't represent views of the China Military Online website.

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