July 17, 2017 8:18 pm JST

Chinese government ships enter Japan waters off Aomori for first time

SENDAI, Japan (Kyodo) -- Two Chinese coast guard ships briefly entered Japanese waters Monday off Aomori Prefecture in northern Japan, in the first confirmed entry by Chinese government vessels into the area, the Japan Coast Guard said.

A patrol vessel of the Japan Coast Guard confirmed the entry of the two ships into waters off Henashizaki in the Sea of Japan from 8:05 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. The two vessels exited the waters around 9:40 a.m. after being warned by the coast guard.

About two hours later, the two Chinese ships entered waters off Tappizaki, also in the Sea of Japan, and exited around 3:20 p.m., the coast guard said.

The move follows the entry Saturday of two Chinese coast guard ships into Japanese waters around two islands off the southwestern main island of Kyushu, also for the first time.

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