Playing Chicken in the East China Sea | Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative

Despite the illusion of a stable new status quo, AMTI has previously documented that the Chinese ships entering Japanese-claimed waters are growing larger and better-armed month by month. Since the August 2016 incident, Chinese government vessels have also reportedly begun to linger in the waters around the Senkakus longer during each trip, further challenging Japan’s administration. China’s annual fishing ban begins again on May 1, and there is reason to worry that its expiration in August will bring another large Chinese fishing fleet to the Senkakus, and with it another excuse for China to test Japanese determination.

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Playing Chicken in the East China Sea | Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative