Four ships of China’s coast guard entered the territorial waters of Japan to the shores of the disputed islands of Senkaku, RBC reports with reference to the Japanese television channel NHK.
According to the 11th regional coastal headquarters, Chinese ships one after another began to enter the territorial waters of Japan from about 10:30 to 10:45 on May 14 (from 5:30 to 5:45 Baku time – ed. ). As a result, the vessels are located in Japanese territorial waters off the coast of Minomacjima (one of the islands of the Senkaku archipelago – ed.).
Japan’s coast guard sent China to leave the territorial waters immediately.
The uninhabited archipelago (the Japanese call it Senkaku, and the Chinese – Dyaoyidao) turned under the control of Japan in 1895, along with Taiwan, captured by the Japanese troops after winning the war with China. After the Second World War, the archipelago was under the control of the United States, but was later transferred to Japan. After the war, Tokyo refused the rights to Taiwan, and therefore in Beijing they believe that Japan should return the islands. A new aggravation of the territorial dispute between China and Japan occurred after Tokyo bought three of the five islands of the archipelago from the private Japanese owner in 2012, thus emphasizing their state status.