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China eases patrol operations in Senkaku vicinity

Mainichi reported that the number of Chinese patrol boats operating in waters around the Senkakus has dropped, pointing out that no Chinese coast guard vessels were spotted in the vicinity on Sunday for the first time in four weeks. While speculating that the Chinese are perhaps exercising restraint prior to the G20 Hangzhou summit in early next month, the daily said Japan remains vigilant.

 

In a related development, Mainichi wrote that the Japan Coast Guard is seeking a 19% increase in spending for enhancing patrol operations around the Senkakus and other remote islands in the FY2017 budget, noting that some of the money will be used to procure high-speed boats.

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