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Chinese ships sail near Senkaku Islands for record 112 days straight

Japan works with US and Europe to urge restraint by Beijing

China Coast Guard vessels are armed with what appears to be 76 mm rapid-fire guns. (Photo from the China Coast Guard's WeChat account)   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The China Coast Guard has been making repeated incursions into waters around the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, marking a record for the number of consecutive days it has done so.

Chinese vessels sailed through the contiguous zone around the islands on Friday for the 112th straight day, according to the Japan Coast Guard. They have entered the contiguous zone every day since mid-February, surpassing the previous record of 111 consecutive days from April to August of 2020.

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