Maritime Consultative Mechanism

Disputed islands of Senkakou/Diaoyu

Disputed islands of Senkakou/Diaoyu

Representatives of China and Japan would have talks with regards to managing the tensions in the East China Sea. These officials are tying to finalize details regarding the communication line that the leaders would use in case of an emergency. They would also further discuss precautionary measures in avoiding accidents in the sea and air. This step of managing the tensions through coming up of a maritime consultative mechanism eases people’s tension with regards to the East China Sea. The Senkakou/Diayou had been contested by China and Japan due to the potential bemefits it could give to these two countries. They have reached an agreement before to form the maritime consultative mechanism back in 2012. However, the relations between the two had been in the rocks lately ever since Japan started its campaign for nationalism over the Senkakou. China is not the only one who had tense relations with Japan. In fact, until now, Korea still demands for Japan to be responsible over their involvement on Korean comfort women. The last talks about the maritime consultative mechanism were held in May 2012. People fear that there might be a conflict that could arise due to the lack of communication between China and Japan for the last few years and an increase in patrol in the disputed area.

Relations between China and Japan went sour in 2012

Relations between China and Japan went sour in 2012

Communication between the two was renewed last year in September when the Chinese Foreign Minister for Boundary and Ocean Affairs Yi Xianliang and Japanese Foreign Minister for Boundary and Ocean Affairs Makita Shimokawa met and had discussions about the disputed islands. In that meeting the two representatives agreed in principle to resume the talks about maritime communication mechanism. The goal of Japan is to first secure the management mechanism by the end of 2015. The renewed relations allows for a better communication lines through the discussion about the technical details, including what common radio frequency vessels and aircraft from both sides should use in the area surrounding the disputed islands.

Images by AP and Pichi Chuang