Chinese fishing flotilla fizzles

September 20, 2012

The reported flotilla of 1000 Chinese fishing boats headed to the Senkaku Islands to protest Japanese government ownership of the islands have not materialized.  The Japan Times reports that a smaller number – about 700  boats – are fishing in a region about halfway between the islands and mainland China, over 100 miles away.  A smaller group of fewer than 25 boats may be within 75 miles.  There are no reports of any Chinese military ships in either mix.  There is no indication of whether the initial report was a hoax or just over hyped.


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