(From Asahi Shimbun)
China seems determined to keep rattling Japan and the United States over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, but not to the point of an all-out confrontation.
Its latest ploy was to dispatch a Navy warship to a contiguous zone just outside Japanese territorial waters around the islands early on June 9, the first time for it to undertake such action.
It now turns out that China has been sending remodeled warships into territorial waters around the Senkakus for some time.
The vessels were converted for use by the China Coast Guard, but at least one was found equipped with auto-cannons. Read More