Intrusion of Chinese government vessels into Japan’s territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands
1. Despite Japan’s repeated protests, while multiple Chinese government vessels have not exited Japan’s contiguous zone surrounding the Senkaku Islands (including a time period during which the highest-ever number of vessels (15) were confirmed simultaneously within the contiguous zone), furthermore, at approximately 12:10 pm, 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm and 7:15 pm, Chinese government vessels intruded into Japan’s territorial waters.
2. Against this backdrop, at approximately 12:45 pm and also at 7:30 pm on the same day, Mr. Kenji Kanasugi, Director-General, Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, strongly protested against Ms. Guo Yan, Minister, Embassy of China in Japan, that the intrusion of Chinese government vessels into Japan’s territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku Islands is a violation of Japan’s sovereignty and that it cannot be approved whatsoever, and despite Japan’s repeated strong protests that China’s unilateral activities that further raise tensions on the ground, including repeated intrusions into Japan’s territorial waters, cannot be accepted whatsoever, and requested that Chinese government vessels leave Japan’s territorial waters, as well as leave Japan’s contiguous zone immediately.