Tokyo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)–Two Chinese missile destroyers passed through the Miyako Strait in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, on Friday, heading south toward the Pacific Ocean, Japan’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday.
The two Chinese navy vessels were spotted in waters northwest of Okinawa’s Kume Island before sailing between Okinawa’s main island and the prefecture’s Miyako Island, the ministry’s Joint Staff said.
On Sunday, the two vessels were joined by another Chinese missile destroyer. They traveled between Taiwan and Okinawa’s Yonaguni, the westernmost Japan island, heading north toward the East China Sea, according to the Joint Staff.
A destroyer and P-3C patrol aircraft from the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force were deployed for vigilance and surveillance activities.
The Chinese ships did not intrude Japanese territorial waters, the Joint Staff said. The ministry has been analyzing China’s intention behind the passage of the vessels.