I forgot to mention there that a Russian ship was also present. So, if North Korea was invited, it means that every member of the Six-Party Talks except Japan was represented by one or more naval vessels. Frankly, I’m a little surprised that the conservative-nationalist media and the tabloids haven’t picked up on this yet, to the best of my knowledge.
When I said that the frequency of incidents were likely to increase, I did not imply any ill will on the part of Chinese authorities. Instead, it’s a matter of simple arithmetic. Still, China must walk softly if it wants to carry a big stick.