HOW FAR WILL THE DRAGON SWIM AND WHOSE COLORS WILL IT SHOW? KYODO NEWS REPORTS A WHOLE NEW DRAGON TRICK.
Open Registries, nations that allow owners with no serious connection to them to fly their flag for a fee are one of the oldest commercial tricks in the maritime book for avoiding safety laws and taxes. Before Nixon's ping pong diplomacy opened China to the World China ran a virtually invisible merchant marine under such flags. The Dragon is a very experienced open registry operator. Now its found a new use for open registries in the political portion of its never ending fight to take all out lying island territories from its neighbors . Read the below excerpt from the KYODO NEWS.
Bahamas-registered vessel sails in Japan's EEZ near Senkakus
NAHA, Japan, June 23, Kyodo
A Bahamas-registered maritime research vessel was sailing in Japan's exclusive economic zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands on Sunday with a wire lowered into the water, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, urged the vessel, the Discoverer2, to desist as its activities contravened international treaties that require prior approval for research.
But the vessel responded in Chinese that the waters lie in China's EEZ and it had obtained approval from the Chinese government, according to the coast guard.