Naha, Okinawa Pref., March 16 (Jiji Press)–Four Chinese coast guard ships sailed in Japanese waters off the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea for about two hours Wednesday.
It was the first such intrusion by Chinese government ships since Feb. 25. The Japanese-administered islands in Okinawa Prefecture, southernmost Japan, are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.
The four Haijing ships entered Japanese waters south of Taisho Island in the Senkaku chain and elsewhere between 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT) and 10:25 a.m., according to the Japan Coast Guard’s 11th headquarters in Naha, the capital of Okinawa.
They left the waters east-northeast of the island and elsewhere between 11:55 a.m. and noon.