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Two Chinese ships enter Japanese territorial waters

NHK: Two Chinese ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands

Two ships of the Chinese patrol service entered Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands, which are claimed by China. It is reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the NHK television channel.

The PRC ships attempted to approach the Japanese fishing boats. To ensure their safety, the national maritime security dispatched a patrol and asked them to leave the area.

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The Senkaku Islands are the subject of a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo. After World War II, they came under the control of the United States and were transferred to Japan in 1972. China believes that the Japanese side is holding them illegally.

Japan, in turn, points out that the People’s Republic of China began claiming this territory in the 1970s because its water area is rich in minerals. The dispute escalated in 2012 when the Japanese government bought three of the five islands from a private owner, emphasizing their state status.

On April 18, it was reported that Japan would expand its defenses in the southern territories after China increased its presence around disputed islands in the East China Sea. According to General Yoshihide Yoshida, chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), the expansion of additional defensive forces is necessary to send a strong signal to adversaries claiming territory.


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