File photo: Chinese vessel patrolling Diaoyu Islands
Four China Coast Guard vessels sailed within a 12-nautical-mile range of the Diaoyu Islands and patrolled there for about 2 hours in the morning of January 27, 2016, reported the Janpanese news agency Jiji Press. This is the third time that China’s official ship patrolled the Diaoyu Islands within 12 nautical miles since 2016.
According to Japan 11th Regional Coast Guard, they issued “warnings”, asking the Chinese vessels to sail off immediately, but China Coast Guard refuted the warning, saying that “we do not accept the standpoint of Japan”.
China’s State Oceanic Administration has confirmed on its website that China Coast Guard Vessel 2337, 2151, 2506, and 31239 were patrolling the Chinese territorial waters near Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday.