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Chinese Coast Guard vessels enter Japanese waters near Senkakus

NAHA, Japan (Kyodo) – Two more Chinese Coast Guard vessels entered Japanese territorial waters near China’s claimed Senkaku Islands on Tuesday, prompting Tokyo to protest the repeated intrusions following the enactment by Beijing of a new law allowing the use of weapons against foreign ships.

The two ships entered waters near the cluster of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea around 4:15 a.m., joining two other Chinese coastguard boats that had entered the waters on Monday, according to the Japanese coastguard. The two new vessels pointed their bow at a Japanese fishing boat and made a movement to approach it, the coast guard said, adding that one of them was equipped with what appears to be an automatic cannon. .

Japan’s foreign ministry said it had lodged a protest, as it did on Monday, with the Chinese government and urged it to withdraw the ships immediately.

The two ships arriving in the waters early on Tuesday left the area around 10:02 a.m., leaving the 9.97-ton fishing vessel, with four people on board, under the protection of the Japanese Coast Guard, the chief cabinet secretary said. Katsunobu Kato in a press. conference.

The other two ships that arrived on Monday left Japanese waters around 12:20 p.m., according to the coast guard.

The repeated incursions come after a new law came into effect in China earlier this month explicitly allowing the Chinese coastguard to use weapons against foreign ships that Beijing considers to be entering its waters illegally.

This is the seventh time this year that Chinese ships have entered Japanese waters, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters based in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture.

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