4 Chinese coast guard ships sail into Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands – News Vibe24

    4 Chinese coast guard ships sail into Japanese waters near Senkaku Islands - Times of India
    TOKYO: Four Chinese coastguards set sail in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Saturday morning, according to the Japanese Coast Guard, according to local media.
    After Chinese ships attempted to approach four Japanese fishing vessels sailing off the water south of Uotsurijima, one of the Senkaku Islands, the Japanese Coast Guard secured the boats and warned Chinese ships to leave Japanese waters, the Times said.
    It was the 22nd invasion of Japanese waters around the chain of islands by Chinese government ships this year. The islands of Okinawa Prefecture are claimed by China, which calls them Diaoyu.
    Earlier on Sunday, two Chinese Coast Guard ships entered the Senkaku Islands, the Japanese Coast Guard said.
    According to the 11th Regional Headquarters of the Japanese Coast Guard in Naha, four Haijing ships from the Chinese Coast Guard entered Japanese waters south of Minamikojima, also one of the Senkaku Islands, and in other areas between about 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 a.m. time), the Japan Times reported.
    He also said that the Chinese ships left the waters at around 11:40 a.m. (local time).
    Japan controls the Senkaku Islands, but China and Taiwan continue to claim them.
    Tokyo claims that the islands are an integral part of its territory in accordance with history and international law.
    China has stepped up its naval activities in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea in recent months, in part in response to Beijing’s concerns about a growing US military presence in the region amid escalating Sino-US tensions.
    Recently, tensions between China and Japan have escalated amid increased Beijing activity in the disputed East China Sea.
    This comes as Beijing enacted a new law allowing the country’s quasi-military force to use weapons against foreign ships that China deems to enter its waters illegally.

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