Highlights:

  • Chinese coastguard has increased its presence in the contested waters near the islands.
  • Last month, two Chinese ships had intruded into Japanese coastal waters near the disputed islands.
  • The Japanese officials have claimed that the activities of the Chinese in its waters have risen twice from a month last year to twice a week in February.
  • US President Joe Biden assured Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga that his administration is committed to defending Japan including the Senkaku Island. 

Japan is planning to send troops amid increasing Chinese activity near the Tokyo-controlled Diaoyu islands. Reportedly, the Chinese coastguard has increased its presence in the contested waters near the islands. As per sources, last month two Chinese ships had intruded into Japanese coastal waters near the disputed islands.

The upsurge in Chinese activities comes after China implemented a new law. As per the law, it allows its military force to use weapons against foreign ships that Beijing views as illegally entering its waters. According to the Japanese officials, the activities of the Chinese in its waters have risen twice from a month last year to twice a week in February. “Tokyo is cautioned by the recent activity. The nation is considering a response,” added an official.

Furthermore, the official mentioned that self-defense forces can use weapons as law enforcement against unlawful activities. However, the official reiterated that Japan does not intend to escalate tensions with China, instead, it would try to increase pressure on the diplomatic front.

Previously, the United States had warned China against the use of force in disputed waters. Earlier, US President Joe Biden had said Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga that his administration is committed to defending Japan including the Senkaku Island. The Diaoyu islands, also known as Senkaku islands have long been an object of a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo. 

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