Naha, Okinawa Pref., Jan. 15 (Jiji Press)–A Chinese coast guard ship entered Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, on Friday, showing signs of approaching a Japanese fishing vessel.
A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship secured the safety of the fishing vessel and warned the Chinese ship to leave Japanese waters.
A Chinese government ship thus entered Japanese waters off the Senkakus for the third day in a row, marking the third such intrusion this year.
The Haijing ship sailed in Japanese waters south-southeast of Taisho Island in the Senkaku chain at around 7:50 a.m. (10:50 p.m. Thursday GMT) and approached the Japanese vessel, according to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th regional headquarters in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.
The Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.