Japan’s 11th District Maritime Security Headquarters (Naha) said in a news release on the 12th that two ships of the Chinese Coast Guard Bureau, which sailed into the Senkaku Islands on the 10th, or what China calls the Diaoyu Islands near Japanese territorial waters, had left the territorial waters at around 11:00 a.m. on the 12th. This is the third consecutive day that Chinese official ships have sailed in the territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands, and the 29th day this year.
According to Kyodo News today, the Chinese official ships sailed away from the waters of the Diaoyu Islands.
According to a news release from the Maritime Security Headquarters (Naha) of Japan’s 11th Administrative Region on the 12th, two ships sailed in one after another at around 11:55 a.m. on the 10th and made an attempt to approach a Japanese fishing boat underway. After that, the Chinese vessel followed the fishing boat sailing and sailed out of the territorial waters. The Coast Guard deployed patrol boats around the fishing vessel and warned the Chinese vessel to leave the territorial waters.
According to Japan, two other Chinese Coast Guard vessels sailed in the contiguous zone off the territorial waters on the 12th, one of which was carrying a device similar to a machine gun. The Chinese official ships have been spotted around the Senkaku for 150 consecutive days, the longest streak since the Senkaku was nationalized in September 2012.
According to the 11th Control District earlier, two ships sailed in one after another at around 11:55 a.m. on the 10th and made an attempt to approach a Japanese fishing boat underway. The Coast Guard deployed patrol boats around the fishing boats and warned the Chinese boats to leave the territorial waters.