Chinese Ship Enters Japanese Waters off Kagoshima

The Japanese Defense Ministry said that a Chinese naval vessel entered Japan’s territorial waters off the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima on Tuesday.

According to defense officials, the Chinese survey ship was spotted in Japan’s contiguous zone west of Kuchinoerabu Island at around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and entered Japanese territorial waters at about 11:00 p.m.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japan Coast Guard monitored the passage of the Chinese vessel.

Officials said the Chinese vessel left Japanese waters south of Yakushima Island at around 2:10 a.m. on Wednesday and moved in a southeastern direction.

This is the fifth time that a Chinese naval vessel has been confirmed to have entered Japanese territorial waters and the first since November last year, officials added.

The ministry said it has conveyed its concerns to Beijing through diplomatic channels.

China’s growing military presence in the South and East China seas has been a source of friction with countries in the region. 

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