Kyodo: Chinese ships entered the area near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea
Four patrol ships of the Chinese Maritime Police entered the area near the disputed Japanese Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by the PRC. This is reported TASS with reference to the agency Kyodo.
It is specified that the Japan Maritime Safety Authority sent a warning to Chinese ships demanding to leave this zone.
The Senkaku Islands are the subject of dispute between Beijing and Tokyo. After World War II, they were under the control of the United States and were transferred to Japan in 1972. China believes that the Japanese side is holding them illegally.
Japan, in turn, notes that the PRC began to claim this territory in the 1970s due to the fact that their water area is rich in minerals. The dispute escalated in 2012 when the Japanese government bought three of the five islands from a private owner, emphasizing their state status.
On April 18, it was reported that Japan will expand defense in the southern territories after China increases its presence around the disputed islands in the East China Sea. According to General Yoshihide Yoshida, chief of staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), the expansion of additional defensive forces is necessary to send a strong signal to the adversaries claiming territory.