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China conducted numerous underwater surveys within Japan’s EEZ without authorization

Yomiuri reported on a finding by the Japan Coast Guard that Chinese government ships conducted surveys of the ocean floor in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the East China Sea, particularly in the vicinity of the Senkaku Islands, on 63 different occasions during a five-year period through 2016 without Japan’s prior permission. According to the daily, China apparently justified the surveys by filing a claim with the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf that its continental shelf extends to Japan’s EEZ. China has apparently stepped up its underwater operations in the pursuit of maritime interests.  

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