Ankit Panda, The Diplomat: East China Sea: 4 China Coast Guard Vessels Enter Territorial Sea Near Disputed Islands
Japan claims this is the 12th incursion by Chinese vessels in the East China Sea to date this year.
On Monday, Japan’s coast guard said that four China Coast Guard patrol ships entered the territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The uninhabited islands are administered by Japan, but claimed by China.
According to the Japanese Coast Guard, the latest incursion took place in the morning before 10:00 a.m., with the Chinese vessels passing within 12 nautical miles of Uotsuri island — one of the islets in the Senkaku group.
According to NHK, the Chinese vessels had been navigating in the contiguous zone — defined as 12 nautical miles from the edge of the territorial sea — since at least April 30.
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