Chinese submarine and warship approach Japanese waters near Senkakus
Jiji -- Jan 12
A submarine and a Chinese Navy warship have entered the contiguous zone surrounding Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, the Japanese Defense Ministry said Thursday.

In the announcement, the ministry did not mention the nationality of the submarine, or even whether its nationality had been identified.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force spotted the submarine traveling in the contiguous zone east-northeast of Miyakojima, an island in Okinawa, southern Japan, on Wednesday afternoon. The submarine left the zone on Thursday morning, but again sailed into the zone northeast of Taisho Island in the Japanese-administered Senkaku chain later.

Meanwhile, the Chinese frigate was spotted in the contiguous zone near the isle on Thursday morning.

Both vessels sailed out of the zone in the afternoon, without reaching the Japanese territorial waters.

中国軍の艦艇と中国軍とみられる潜水艦が、尖閣諸島の接続水域をそろって航行しているのが確認されました。 小野寺防衛大臣:「緊張を一方的に高める行為であり、我が国として深刻に懸念をしております。
News sources: Jiji, ANNnewsCH
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