NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – Four China Coast Guard vessels intruded into Japanese territorial waters Sunday morning near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said.
It was the 20th intrusion by Chinese government ships this year and the first since Aug. 12.
The vessels, identified as the Haijing 2102, 2113, 2146 and 2305, had been in a contiguous zone just outside the territorial waters, the coast guard said, adding that its patrol vessels had been warning them to leave.
The four ships crossed into Japanese waters northwest of Uotsurijima, one of the Japanese-administered islets, around 10 a.m., according to the Coast Guard’s 11th regional headquarters in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture.
The uninhabited islets, about 400 km west of Okinawa’s main island, are claimed by China and Taiwan, which call them Diaoyu and Tiaoyutai, respectively.