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Chinese Coast Guard ships leave Japanese waters off Senkakus

Two Chinese Coast Guard ships left Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands (Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture) in succession at around 8:05 a.m. on May 25 and entered the adjacent contiguous zone. The two Chinese ships had entered the territorial waters in the afternoon of the previous day and remained there for about 15 hours 40 minutes, matching their movements to those of a Japanese fishing boat.


According to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters (Naha), the two Chinese ships entered Japanese waters at around 4:30 p.m. on May 24 and left the waters as if pursuing the fishing boat. Later, on May 25, the coast guard headquarters confirmed four Chinese Coast Guard ships, including the two that had left the territorial waters in the morning, sailing in the contiguous zone of Japan’s territorial waters, making it the 102nd consecutive day that Chinese government ships were sighted near the Senkakus.

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