Four Chinese ships entered the waters of Japan near the disputed Senkaku Islands (Chinese name Diaoyu). This is reported by the Kyodo news agency.
The agency notes that this year, vessels from the People’s Republic of China invade the territorial waters in this area for the 30th time. One of the ships is equipped with a device similar to a cannon, the report says.
In January, the head of the Pentagon, Lloyd Austin, in a conversation with Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, announced the US readiness to defend the disputed Senkaku Islands, which are also claimed by China.
A territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands, near which oil deposits have been discovered, has been conducted between Tokyo and Beijing since the late 1960s. They have been under the administrative control of Japan since 1972.