Chinese military vessel enters Japanese waters for 7th time

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Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press) — A Chinese navy survey vessel entered Japanese territorial waters around Yakushima Island in southwestern Kagoshima Prefecture on Thursday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said. .

It was the seventh intrusion of a Chinese naval vessel into Japanese waters and the first since July. The Japanese government conveyed its concern over the incident to the Chinese side through diplomatic channels.

According to the ministry, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Forces spotted a Chinese navy surveillance vessel sailing west into Japan’s contiguous zone southeast of Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima around 3:30 a.m. the same day. (6:30 p.m. Wednesday GMT).

The ship passed through Japanese territorial waters south of Yakushima at around 7:20 a.m., which was confirmed by the MSDF Inazuma destroyer and a P-1 patrol plane monitoring the ship.

The Chinese ship cruised in Japanese waters for about three and a half hours before leaving the area at a point west of Kuchinoerabu Island, also in Kagoshima, shortly before 11 a.m.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

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