By I I Chen (iic5048)
Why Senkaku islands are so important?
The Senkaku islands are located in the East China Sea between Japan, Taiwan and China. Senkaku islands are deserted islands. The most important purpose to own these islands is their strategic points, territory, and the great natural resources such as, natural gas, and other mineral resources.
The relationship between China, Taiwan and Japan
The issue of sovereignty has been carefully circumvented in bilateral fishing agreements. In the 1997, the Senkaku islands were officially excluded from China’s exclusive economic zone, but in a letter of intent Japan explained that Japan would not prevent China boats from fishing there. Some Chinese sources have subsequently argued that this letter constitutes a waiver of Japan’s claim to exclusive fishing right.
In addition, in 2008, a number have occurred due to the presence of Chinese or Taiwanese fishing vessels in sea zones claimed by Japan. Then, On 7 September 2010, a Chinese fishing trawler collided with two Japanese Coast Guard patrol boats in disputed waters near the islands. The collisions occurred after the Japanese Coast Guard ordered the trawler to leave the area. After the collisions, Japanese sailors boarded the Chinese vessel and arrested the captain Zhan Qixiong. Japan held the captain until 24 September. Several times of the arguments, Japan, China and Taiwan are already in a very tie situation.
There have been a number of public protests in all three countries, often triggered by the specific incidents noted above. The first major set of protests revolved around the 2010 boat collision, with protests being held in Japan, China, and Taiwan. In 2012, major protests began in August 2012 after reports that the Japanese government was considering purchasing the islands. The protests continued after the formal purchase into the middle of September. At the height of the protests, there were demonstrations in as many as 85 Chinese cities, along with Hong Kong, and the United States. In many cases, these protests included anti-Japanese violence, vandalism, and arson.