Four Chinese-flagged Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
Chinese vessels breached Japanese national territorial waters, according to the 11th District Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha County, Okinawa.
Accordingly, 2 ships circling around the disputed Senkaku Islands approached 20 kilometers north of the Uotsuri island in the region.
Two more Chinese ships came to the region and joined other patrol ships.
Ships belonging to China left the area as a result of the Japan Coast Guard’s warnings to leave the area.
Chinese-flagged vessels have entered Japanese territorial waters around the controversial Senkaku for the 18th time this year, according to public broadcaster NHK.
AUTHORITY TO USE A WEAPON
The law, which came into force in China on 1 February, authorizes its own coastguard to use weapons against foreign ships that do not obey the rules.
The Kyodo agency reported that this law gives China the authority to target Japanese ships sailing around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
In the East China Sea, the archipelago, called “Senkaku” by Japan and “Diaoyu” by China, consists of 5 islands and 3 rocks.
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