TOKYO (majirox news) — A Chinese maritime research vessel trailing three long wires encroached on Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around the Senkaku Islands on Sept. 25, the Japanese Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard officials said the Chinese had given advance notice that they planned to carry out research in Japan’s EEZ, but the ship sent in to Japanese waters was not the research vessel they said it would be.
Coast Guard officers radioed the ship and asked it to halt, but there was no response.
The Foreign Ministry has filed a protest to the Chinese Embassy.
Coast Guard officials have also confirmed a Chinese maritime research vessel entered Japan’s EEZ near the Senkaku Islands in July.
Japan, China and Taiwan dispute ownership of the Senkaku Islands near Okinawa prefecture. Japan’s relations with China have soured recently after a Chinese fishing trawler collided with Japanese Coast Guard ships near the islands in September last year after the Coast Guard had ordered the ship to leave. Coast Guard officials boarded the trawler and arrested the captain.