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Wednesday's intrusion by two Chinese ships into Japanese waters near the Senkaku Islands was timed to capitalize on the state of flux in Japan's politics, according to observers.
With the ruling Democratic Party of Japan occupied with preparations for selecting a new leader, China apparently believed the intrusion might not meet a strong political response from Tokyo.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, about four hours after the two Chinese fishing patrol vessels entered Japanese waters, Administrative Vice Foreign Minister Kenichiro Sasae summoned Chinese Ambassador to Japan Cheng Yonghua to the Foreign Ministry to lodge a protest.
"It is gravely serious and deplorable that despite warnings from Japan, Chinese government ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands," Sasae reportedly told Cheng.
Originally posted by vox2442
reply to post by Vitchilo
Misleading thread title is misleading.
This thing with China happened on Wednesday. Kan resigned as party leader around noon today (Friday) - but he is still the PM. He will step aside when a new party leader is chosen.