CHINA TELLS JAPANESE FISHING BOATS: DON’T TRESPASS OUR WATERS
China has complained to Japan early this month about Japanese fishing boats allegedly "trespassing" in its territorial waters near a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea, it was learned Sunday, July 19, 2020, Kyodo news agency reported.
Diplomatic sources familiar with Sino-Japanese relations said Japan immediately rejected the Chinese demands, made through diplomatic channels, as "unacceptable" since the Senkaku Islands are administered by Japan.
It is unusual for China to call on the Japanese government to manage the operation of fishing boats in waters surrounding the inhabited islands, which the Chinese side calls Diaoyu.
The move appears aimed at weakening Japan's effective control over the islands and strengthening China's sovereignty claims. The sources said China also demanded nullification of a resolution passed by the city assembly of Ishigaki on June 22 to change the name of the southern Japan area containing the Senkaku Islands from "Tonoshiro" to "Tonoshiro Senkaku," which Beijing sees as an attempt to cement Tokyo's claim.