|The activist vessel from Hong Kong|
(This thing has as many flags as Sea Shepherd flies)
On opening the NAUTICAL LOG Press Release folder this morning there was a report from BBC Asia about a group of activists from Hong Kong landing on the Senskaku Islands in Japan.
According to the BBC Asia report they sailed from Hong Kong were met and followed by the Japanese Coastguard and jumped into the waters off Senskaku swimming to one of the Islands. At that point the five involved were arrested by the Coastguard.
The PRC call the Islands Diaoyu and the Japanese Government lodged a diplomatic protest with the PRC who countered with more diplomatic procedure over the detention of five Chinese.
Currently Japan is also embroiled with South Korea over the Takeshima Islands known as Dokdo in Korean. By a strange coincidence South Korean swimmers landed on those earlier in the day. They also were arrested by Okinawa Prefecture Police.
By using activists from Hong Kong, which is an Autonomous Region of the PRC, the PRC can claim that this was a venture of Hong Kong acting independently should this become necessary.
It is clear that the source of this upflare in claims fairly dormant since the peace settlements after World War 2 results from the enforced claims by the PRC in the South China and East China Seas. No doubt these landings are guided both in Hong Kong and South Korea by activists working with the PRC.
Meanwhile the PRC builds ships and develops its Government Agencies to control the South China and East China Seas so that by the time any future claims by other Nations in the Region are lodged in United Nations World Courts they will be meaningless.