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Chinese ships probe waters around Senkakus for 100th day

Beijing tests limits of US pressure on its maritime expansion, analysts say

The Senkaku Islands lie in the East China Sea about 400 km west of the main island of Okinawa.   © Kyodo

BEIJING/TOKYO -- Chinese government ships sailed into the waters surrounding the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands for the 100th straight day on Wednesday, part of weeks of testing of boundaries in the East China and South China seas.

Many of China's government vessels entering the so-called contiguous zone around the Senkakus, which are claimed as the Diaoyu Islands by China, weigh 3,000 tons or more. Some are equipped with autocannons, posing a significant threat to the Japan Coast Guard in the area.

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