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Chinese ships spend record time violating Japan territorial waters

Christian Fernsby |
Chinese coast guard ships have twice intruded into Japan's territorial waters in the past four days, forcing Japanese coast guard vessels to block the Chinese ships from approaching Japanese fishing boats on at least one occasion, authorities in Tokyo said Monday.

Topics: CHINESE    JAPAN   

The Chinese vessels came within 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) off the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, known in China as the Diaoyu Islands, well past the internationally recognized 12-mile (19.3 kilometer) limit that defines a country's territorial waters, the Japanese Coast Guard said.

Japanese chief cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Tokyo has lodged repeated diplomatic protests with Beijing over the presence of the Chinese ships.