May 13, 2013
Three Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered Japanese territorial waters on Monday near the Senkaku Islands, a Japanese-controlled islet group claimed by China, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The incident prompted Shinsuke Sugiyama, director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, to telephone Han Zhiqiang, China’s minister to Japan, to lodge a protest, a ministry official said.
The three ships — Haijian 15, 50 and 66 — entered the territorial waters in the East China Sea around 9 a.m. in succession from north of Kuba Island in the Senkaku group, according to the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha.
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