Chinese Navy Ship Enters Japanese Waters for 6th Time
Tokyo, July 21 (Jiji Press)--A Chinese navy survey vessel entered Japanese territorial waters off the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima on Wednesday, Japan's Defense Ministry said Thursday.
This was the sixth intrusion by a Chinese military vessel on record and the first since April this year.
Over the latest incident, the Japanese government has conveyed its concern to the Chinese side through diplomatic channels.
According to the ministry, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted a Chinese navy survey ship sailing in the contiguous zone south of Yakushima island around 6:50 p.m. Wednesday (9:50 a.m. GMT).
The Chinese vessel sailed north later, and its intrusion into Japanese waters was confirmed by the MSDF replenishment vessel Mashu and a P-1 patrol plane around 8 p.m. that day.
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