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Chinese ships enter Japanese waters north of Kyushu for first time

  • July 17, 2017
  • , Sankei
  • JMH Summary

Monday’s Sankei wrote that two China Coast Guard ships briefly entered Japanese waters around the Tsushima Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture and the Okinoshima Islands in Fukuoka Prefecture on Saturday. The Japan Coast Guard said that this was the first confirmed entry by Chinese government vessels into the area. Under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, vessels from any country have the right to sail through territorial waters as long as they do not harm the safety of the countries concerned. The paper wrote that although the Japan Coast Guard has not indicated whether it considered their presence to be “an intrusion into territorial waters,” it requested the ships leave the area.

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