Chinese Coast Guard ships chase Japanese fishing boat in Senkaku

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Two Chinese Coast Guard reportedly chased a Japanese fishing boat in Senkaku Islands. In report by Kyodo, citing the Japanese Coast Guard, the Chinese ships have approached and chased a Japanese fishing boat in Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Friday.

The report added that the Japanese Coast Guard ordered the Chinese vessels to leave the waters and deployed a patrol ship to safeguard the fishing boat.

Crew of the Japanese fishing boat were not hurt.

“A total of four China Coast Guard ships were in Japanese waters around the Japanese-controlled islets, claimed by China, for about two hours from 4 p.m. Friday. Two of the four pursued the Japanese boat, which was about 12 km southwest of Uotsuri Island, at around 4:50 p.m,” Kyodo reported

The Japanese government already lodged its protest to the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.

“Beijing has been sending official vessels close to the islands, known as Diaoyu in China, in an apparent attempt to assert its control of them.The islets are also claimed by Taiwan, which calls them Tiaoyutai,” Kyodo added.