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News China set up buoy over Japan's southern continental shelf


Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
The Japanese government has confirmed that China installed a buoy in the high seas over Japan's southern continental shelf in the Pacific Ocean. This action could further strain bilateral relations. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi expressed regret over China's installation of the buoy without explaining its purpose. Japan has urged China not to undermine its maritime interests, while China claims the buoy is for tsunami monitoring and does not infringe on Japan's sovereignty. The buoy was set up by the Chinese survey ship Xiang Yang Hong 22 in mid-June. Last July, China installed another buoy inside Japan's exclusive economic zone near the Senkaku Islands, leading to a protest from Japan.

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It's high time Japan acted and removed those buoys! China has no business in Japan's EEZ.
This is where the Chinese buoy was set up. Very sneaky.


Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said the buoy, which is to monitor tsunami, was set up in the high seas "for the purposes of scientific research and serving public good" and doing so is "a well-established international practice" based on the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea. "Japan has no right to interfere in such activities," she told a press conference in Beijing. Last July, China installed another buoy inside Japan's EEZ near the Tokyo-controlled, Beijing-claimed uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, prompting Japan to lodge a protest and demand its immediate removal. Mao said that as the islands, which Beijing calls Diaoyu, are part of China's territory and its surrounding waters are under the country's jurisdiction, it is "legitimate and lawful for China to set up hydrological and meteorological data buoys in those areas."

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