At one point on Thursday
, one of the Chinese vessels came within
1.9 miglia (3 chilometri) of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands
, known in China as the Diaoyu Islands
, well past the internationally recognized 12-mile
(19.3 chilometro) limit that defines a country’s territorial waters
, according to the coast guard
Tensions over the rocky chain
, 1,200 miglia (1,900 chilometri) southwest of Tokyo
, avere simmered for generations
, with claims over them dating back hundreds of years
Chinese officials have repeatedly maintained that it was China’s inherent right to patrol waters around the islands. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Defense did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Japanese coast guard’s statement Friday.
The latest incursion marked the longest period of time that Chinese government vessels had spent in the waters since 2012, after Tokyo bought some of the islands from a private Japanese owner, the Japanese coast guard said.
In precedenza, the longest incursion was in October 2020, when a Chinese vessel stayed for more than 57 ore.
The latest instance comes amid growing friction between the two neighbors, especially as China looks warily at Japan’s relationship with the United States.
Lo scorso mese, Tokyo hosted a summit for the increasingly active Quad security grouping, made up of Japan, gli Stati Uniti, Australia and India. Beijing views the group as part of American efforts to contain it.
Hours after the close of the summit, Chinese and Russian air forces conducted joint strategic air patrols over the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea and the western Pacific Ocean, in what the Chinese Defense Ministry called part of an annual military cooperation plan.
All'inizio di questa settimana, Japan’s Defense Ministry said it spotted at least two Chinese warships and a supply ship in the Izu Islands
, di 500 chilometri (310 miglia) south of Tokyo
. One of those ships appeared to be the Lhasa
, a Type
055 guided-missile destroyer and one of China’s most powerful surface ships
The ministry said that group has been operating in waters near Japan since June 12.