Kyodo News: Chinese ships remain in Japan waters near Senkakus for record time
Tue October, 2020, Age: 2 weeks
The Japan Coast Guard reported on Tuesday that Chinese coast guard ships have remained in Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku islands for a record length of time. Two ships have remained in the contested waters for more than two days, attempting to approach a Japanese fishing vessel and facing off against Japanese coast guard ships, which have repeatedly warned the Chinese ships to leave. It was the longest period Chinese vessels have intruded in the waters since the Japanese government put the islets under state control in September 2012 after buying out a private Japanese owner. The previous record was set in July, when Chinese vessels spent 39 hours and 23 minutes in the waters. These escalations come as Japan’s new government re-navigates its relationship with the increasingly aggressive PRC amid a declining state of relations in the South China Seas. Face-offs between aircraft and vessels from China and the U.S. around the Taiwan Strait have also been increasing since the beginning of the year.