• The Okinawa Times


Since the government nationalized the Senkaku Islands, also claimed by China and Taiwan, in 2012, Chinese vessels have been sailing in the territorial waters surrounding the islands.

Except for the period immediately after the nationalization, an estimated 100 Chinese ships have intruded each year.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.