Japanese fire water cannon at Chinese protesters in disputed territory, activists say
HONG KONG (AP) — Japanese patrol vessels fired water cannon Sunday at a boat carrying Chinese activists who were protesting Japanese claims to territory in the East China Sea…A boat carrying the protesters arrived near the disputed islets — known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and Senkaku in Japan — on Sunday evening…more…
It’s no secret that China and Japan hate each other…even with squirt guns if need be…. and, it doesn’t help that Japan seized these “islands” in 1895 when it colonized Taiwan and China has been itching to get them back ever since. The-rest-of-the-story is that these aren’t even real islands—just rocks–and Japan wants to retain control control to keep its fishing rights and potential oil resources in the area even though they are far away from Japan and right next to China as shown in the map below.
Read more about these silly shoals and rocks—”terra nullius” in Wikipedia.