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4 Chinese govt ships enter Japanese waters off Senkakus

  • May 24, 2021
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Naha, Okinawa Pref., May 24 (Jiji Press)–Four Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, on Monday.

 

After the Chinese ships tried to approach a Japanese fishing boat in the waters, the Japan Coast Guard ensured the safety of the boat, warning the Chinese ships to leave the area.

 

It was the 16th intrusion this year into Japanese waters off the Senkakus by Chinese government ships and the first since May 10-11.

 

The four Chinese Haijing ships entered Japanese waters south of Taishojima, one of the East China Sea islands, between roughly 4:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m. GMT) and 4:35 p.m., according to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th regional headquarters in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.

 

Two of the ships later tried to approach the Japanese fishing boat, while the other two left the Japanese waters from south of Minamikojima, another island in the Senkaku chain, between around 6:25 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

 

The Japanese-administered islands are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.

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