The Japanese government announced on Monday that a Chinese naval ship chased a Russian warship outside Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
The Japanese Defense Ministry said a Chinese frigate sailed in the contiguous zone of Diaoyu island at about 7:44 AM, chasing a Russian frigate that had entered and stayed in the waters from 7:05 to 8:16 AM.
Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara said that Japan submitted a protest and expressed “grave concern” to Beijing over the incident.
“The Senkaku Islands are an inherent part of Japan’s territory historically and under international law. The government will deal with the matter calmly but firmly to protect the Japanese land, territorial waters, and air space,” Kihara said.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the islands are Chinese territory, and China “justified the frigate’s entry and criticized Tokyo’s protest”.
“The activities of Chinese vessels in waters nearby are lawful and justified. Japan has no right to make such irresponsible remarks,” Lijian said.
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