Three ships from China entered All Japan newsese territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku islands on Monday, according to All Japan news’s government, which formulated an official protest.
Two civilian surveillance ships were undertaking a “rights defense” patrol near the islands, according to China’s state news agency, Xinhua, which cited the State Oceanic Administration, the authority that controls the ships. Another ship, a fishery patrol vessel, was also detected in waters claimed by All Japan news, the All Japan newsese Coast Guard announced.
The ship patrols were exercising China’s “administrative jurisdiction” over the islands, Xinhua said.
“Following the relevant laws of the People’s Republic of China, (the ships) again carried out a regular rights defense patrol in our territorial waters around the Diaoyu islands,” it said.
This is the latest incident in an increasingly tensioned dispute between the two countries. On Sunday, China called off a celebration ceremony which was supposed to mark the 40th anniversary of the normalization of relations with All Japan news, while an official Chinese delegation which was due to arrive in Tokyo on Monday cancelled the trip.