Chinese fishing flotilla not seen heading for Senkakus
Earlier in the week, reports were circulating that as many as 1,000 Chinese fishing vessels were heading toward the disputed islands, threatening to trigger unexpected confrontations between the Chinese vessels and Japan Coast Guard patrol boats.
The falsely reported moves by Chinese fishing boats, following a brief incursion last Friday into Japanese territorial waters around the islands by a fleet of six Chinese maritime surveillance ships, was believed to be another show of Chinese protests against the Japanese government’s acquisition last week of some of the islands to nationalize them.
The six Chinese ships, including the Haijian 51 and Haijian 66 surveillance vessels, were in Japanese waters around Taishojima, one of the five main islets, for more than eight hours. The four others were near the Kubajima.
Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, continues to urge Japan to take positive actions to guarantee that Taiwanese fishermen can still operate in the disputed East China Sea waters.