Chinese vessels sail near Kyushu

Jiji Press KITAKYUSHU (Jiji Press) — Chinese coast guard ships entered Japanese territorial waters off the northern part of Kyushu on Saturday, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

It was the first such known incursion by any Chinese government ship in the area, according to the 7th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters, based in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.

The ship, the Haijing 1304, sailed into Japanese waters at a point southwest of Shimojima, the southern part of Tsushima Island, in Nagasaki Prefecture, around 11:50 a.m. and left the waters at a location south of the island around 12:20 p.m.

In addition, a Japan Coast Guard patrol vessel spotted the same Chinese ship and the Haijing 2506 sailing in Japanese waters about 19 kilometers north of the Okinoshima, an island in Fukuoka Prefecture, around 3:50 p.m. Both ships left the waters north-northeast of the island between 4:50 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.Speech

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