October 21st, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Japan adding subs amid tension with China

A protester in Wuhan, China, on Sunday holds up a sign which reads, "Kill all Japanese, break all relations with Japan."

Japan will add six submarines to its current fleet of 16 during the next four years as it sees increased naval activity from Asian neighbor China, according to news reports from Tokyo on Thursday.

The new vessels will give Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force its largest submarine fleet since it was established in 1976, according to a Kyodo News Service report in Japanese newspapers. Kyodo said the submarine building program was revealed by MSDF and Defense Ministry officials on condition of anonymity. It will be formalized in December for implementation during 2011 to 2015, the report said.

China maintains a fleet of about 60 submarines, according to the Kyodo report.

Tensions between Japan and China reached a recent peak in September when a Chinese fishing boat collided with a Japanese coast guard vessel near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan and the Diaoyu Islands in China. Japan detained the captain of the Chinese boat for weeks while Tokyo and Beijing engaged in a diplomatic tit for tat.

The tensions appeared to have cooled earlier this month, but Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday that China had recently sent three fishery patrol boats to the disputed islands.

"Going to waters off the Diaoyu Islands and protecting [Chinese] fishing activities there is part of protecting national sovereignty and the legal interests of fishermen," an official of China's Agriculture Ministry, which is in charge of supervising fishery patrol boats, said, according to the Yomiuri report.

Meanwhile in China, protesters targeted Japanese-owned factories and stores in demonstrations Saturday through Tuesday, CNN’s Kyung Lah reported. Security forces set up a protective cordon around the Japanese Embassy in Beijing.

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  1. Bored man

    why give a crap about this anyway? I don't care what happens as long I get to live happily...

    October 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bailoutsos

    :::Kuske Actually, defaulting on Chinese loans might not be such a bad idea. @@@ America cannot do that because China is funding America's nonwinable war efforts.

    October 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Clark1b

    no China as she now is ... has only been around for less than 100 years ... Communist China is relatively new in the world ... but as their people find out just how oppressive Communism has been and how nice Capitalism is ... Communist China will simply go the way of every other nation since the beginning of time ... and a new Chinese government will be established.

    October 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. KEN SPUD

    It is clear that some of you don't understand much of anything. I will be short and ask you a question. If China were to sell off all of their US debt holdings (about 8%) thereby driving the value of their holdings through the floor, who will buy it besides the Federal Reserve? The Federal Reserve is waiting to scoop up a bargain at 10 cents on the dollar, just for fun.

    October 25, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CLOWN SHOES

    USA HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER FROM THE INSIDE OUT....ANYONE WHO FAILS TO SEE THAT BY NOW ARE MISSING THE BIG PICTURE....IT IS WHAT IT IS....THE TIME TO REACT HAS PASSED...MAYBE GOD WILL BE.

    October 25, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sky

    Well, u guys would better realize the history of china. If u got it, u will respect it now but like what u said. Well, every country has its own syndromes. It is inevitable.

    October 26, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Andy

    People are stupid.

    – A

    October 26, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. andrew K

    China has a loooooooong history...that dates back thousands of years...it's not big deal for them to wait the next 50 years to gain full strength again... our military may be superior currently BUT keep in mind that weapons just like electronics become obselete very quickly. There is no reason to doubt that in the next 50 years chinese military would be superior to ours and then they're going to start knocking on our doors for debt repayment. Our big guns we have currently will be obsolete by then.

    October 26, 2010 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ash

    You Sir, are not one of my vassals... who are you?

    October 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JONNY PUNANI

    ANOTHER FKNG MONKEY PUSHING BUTTONS..

    October 25, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
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