NAHA: Four Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The intrusion, which a Japan Coast Guard vessel confirmed around 11:30 a.m., was the first since December 8. The Japanese vessel told the Chinese ships to leave the waters.
The Chinese ships entered the waters from northwest of Uotsuri Island in the Senkaku chain, administered by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. PNA