Want China Times
By: Staff Reporter
China’s coast guard is planning to build a new base in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province for its new 10,000-tonne cutters to carry out routine patrol missions around disputed islands in the East China Sea, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News.
The islands are controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku, but are also claimed by China as Diaoyu and by Taiwan as Diaoyutai.
Details about the command and supply base were recently revealed on the Zhejiang provincial government’s official website. Each of the base’s six berths is capable of accommodating a 10,000-tonne cutter. In addition, it has a hanger designed for a helicopter and a large training base. Wenzhou, only 356 km away from the islands, holds a prime advantage for China’s coast guard against the Japan Coast Guard in the region, according to the state-run Global Times.
The Zhengzhou, a Type 052C guided-missile destroyer, and the Sanming, a Type 053H3 guide-missile frigate, were spotted 290 km away from Japan’s Yonaguni island on June 13. The previous day, both vessels had been detected sailing through the Miyako Channel near Okinawa. [FULL STORY]