Naha, Okinawa Pref., Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)–Four Chinese coast guard ships sailed in Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture for the third consecutive day Monday.
The Japan Coast Guard urged the Haijing ships to leave the waters as they tried to approach a Japanese fishing boat.
It was the 28th intrusion into Japanese waters around the island chain by Chinese government ships this year. The East China Sea islands are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.
The Haijing ships entered Japanese waters south of Minamikojima in the Senkaku chain between about 2:40 a.m. (5:40 p.m. Sunday GMT) and 3:05 a.m., according to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th regional headquarters in Naha, the capital of the southernmost prefecture.