Analysis: China pressures Japan at sea with Biden on horizon

Analysis: China pressures Japan at sea with Biden on horizon

Beijing stirs pot over Senkaku Islands, blaming incursions on Japan fishing boats

TOKYO — Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is under fire in Japan for maintaining a smile and not objecting during a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart as Wang Yi pronounced his take on what is happening in the East China Sea.

During a two-day visit last week, Wang repeatedly painted the tensions around the Senkaku Islands, a group of small uninhabited islets in the East China Sea administered by Japan, as being the fault of Japanese boats coming too close to the shores.

“The fact is that recently some Japanese fishing boats of unknown origin have repeatedly entered the sensitive waters off the Diaoyu Islands, and China has to make necessary response,” Wang said, referring to the islands as they are known and claimed in China.

Chinese government vessels have sailed into Japanese territorial waters around the islands on a regular basis for months.