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Chinese and Russian frigates sailed near Senkakus: Japan

Incident prompts protest from Tokyo, rebuttal from Beijing

The Chinese Jiangwei II-class frigate entered waters near the Senkakus for six minutes Monday morning, according to Japan. (Handout photo from Japan's Ministry of Defense)

TOKYO -- Two naval ships belonging to China and Russia entered the contiguous zone around the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands on Monday morning, according to Japan's Defense Ministry.

A Chinese Jiangwei II-class frigate sailed in the contiguous waters for about six minutes, marking the fourth such incident by a Chinese naval vessel and the first since June 2018.

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