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Chinese ships spotted off Senkakus on 26 days in Feb.

  • March 1, 2021
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Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)–Chinese coast guard ships sailed near the Senkaku Islands, Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, almost every day last month, the Japanese government said Monday.


In February, Chinese coast guard ships were spotted inside the contiguous zone surrounding Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkakus on 26 days, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said at a press conference.


These ships intruded into Japan’s territorial waters on six occasions, in which they approached Japanese fishing boats on five occasions, Kato said.


On Feb. 1, China put into effect a law that allows its coast guard to use force against foreign parties for what Beijing views as violations of its sovereignty or jurisdiction.


Kato added that as of 8 a.m. Monday (11 p.m. Sunday GMT), two Chinese coast guard ships were spotted inside the contiguous zone around the Japanese-administered islands in the East China Sea.


The chief cabinet secretary described as “extremely serious” the current situation in which Chinese coast guard ships frequently sail off the Senkakus and even intrude into the territorial waters.


“It’s necessary to continue watching the situation with a sense of tension,” he said.


Chinese government ships entered the contiguous zone around the Senkaku Islands on a record 333 days last year.


The islands are claimed by Beijing and called Diaoyu in China.


Kato declined to comment on the influence on the situation of the Chinese law, saying the matter involves Japan’s analysis.

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