Chinese Coast Guard Ships Sail in Japanese Waters
Naha, Okinawa Pref., June 26 (Jiji Press)--Four Chinese coast guard ships sailed in Japanese territorial waters around the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Saturday morning, the Japan Coast Guard said.
After the Chinese ships tried to approach four Japanese fishing boats that were sailing in waters south of Uotsurijima, one of the Senkaku Islands, the Japanese coast guard ensured the safety of the boats and warned the Chinese ships to leave Japanese waters.
It was the 22nd intrusion into Japanese waters around the island chain by Chinese government ships this year. The Okinawa Prefecture islands are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.
According to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th regional headquarters in Naha, the capital of the southernmost prefecture, four Haijing ships from the Chinese coast guard entered Japanese waters south of Minamikojima, also one of the Senkaku Islands, and other areas between roughly 2:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. Friday GMT) and 2:45 a.m.
The Chinese ships left the waters by around 11:40 a.m.
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