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Chinese warships, a frigate and a submarine, intruded into the contiguous zone around the Senkaku Islands. China is deemed to have violated Japan’s sovereignty.

投稿日:2018年1月14日 更新日:

On January 11, Chinese warships, a frigate and a submarine, were found to be cruising in the contiguous zone around the Senkaku Islands, the territory of Japan. These warships did not notify the Japanese government of their innocent passage.
This China’s operation is deemed to have violated Japan’s sovereignty, and the issue as to whether it should be dealt with as the maritime security operation, or furthermore, as the defense operation order will naturally be disputed. The Japanese government lodged a protest with the Chinese government through the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, but the Chinese government had no such will as apology.
Furthermore, though it is a pity, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that the Japanese government will promote friendship relations with the Chinese, and the summit meetings between the two countries will not have to be changed. Is there any leader who will attend the meeting with such a country which is deemed to have violated his or her own country’s sovereignty? On the contrary, if the Japanese vessels intrude into China’s contiguous zone around its own island, how will China react to it? We should consider it seriously.
Indeed the issue on the agreement between Japan and South Korea concerning the former comfort women in South Korea is important, but while the Japanese government was exchanging views on the agreement with the South Korean government, China challenged Japan dispatching its warships to intrude into the contiguous zone around the Senkaku Islands and its operation is deemed to have violated Japan’s sovereignty. We must be careful about China’s tactics, the so-called “salami tactics”, which China uses when it wants to expand its territory. It means that the Chinese government accumulates an accomplished fact following one step on another.
The issue discussed in the above reminds us of the late Rudolf von Jhering (Ihering)’s warning, “A person who cedes a bit of the territory will be stolen all the territory.” He was a German Lawyer and the author of “Struggle for the Right” (Der Kampf ums Recht).
Note: The Japanese Contiguous Zone is a 12 nautical miles (22.22km) that extends out from the edge of its territorial sea, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The Japanese government can apply its laws and control over vessels with their notification of the innocent passage cruising in the Japanese contiguous zone, and in case of those vessels without their notification of the innocent passage, the Japanese government has the right to take necessary legal actions to prevent their illegal operations, and if justifiable, their operations are regarded as the intention to invade in the Japanese territorial sea.

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