About 40 Taiwanese fishing vessels sped into disputed waters in the East China sea, part of an ongoing row over the ownership of uninhabited islands in the region. The Japanese Coast Guard used water cannons to deter the approaching vessels. The Japanese government said that all of the fishing boats had been turned away.
While the kerfuffle over the waters has been going on for years, the dispute received an injection of momentum after Japan purchased several islands from a private owner earlier this month.
Defense News staffer Wendell Minnick took a look at a new white paper released by the Chinese government outlining its claim to ownership.
The paper, “Diaoyu Dao, An Inherent Territory of China,” said the Japanese-controlled islands are “China’s inherent territory in all historical, geographical and legal terms, and China enjoys indisputable sovereignty.”
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