1st November 2023 – (Tokyo) the Japanese Coast Guard’s 10th Regional Headquarters revealed on Tuesday, that a Chinese marine survey ship was suspected of conducting unauthorised maritime survey activities within Japan’s exclusive economic zone near Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. By the early hours of Wednesday, 1st November, the 11th Regional Headquarters of the Japanese Coast Guard detected three Chinese maritime surveillance ships entering the waters near the Diaoyu Islands and promptly issued a warning, demanding their departure. In response, Chinese authorities stated that they were lawfully implementing measures to control the Japanese vessels.
According to the 11th Regional Headquarters of the Japanese Coast Guard, the aforementioned Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered the waters near the Diaoyu Islands in response to the actions of several Japanese fishing vessels. Around 2am, the Chinese ships were observed lingering in the vicinity of Japanese fishing vessels approximately 15 kilometres southwest and 16 kilometres southwest by west of the Diaoyu Islands until around 4.30am. To ensure the safety of the Japanese fishing vessels, the Japanese Coast Guard dispatched patrol ships to the area. Ganyu, the spokesperson for the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration, stated that the Japanese vessels, including the ships Huimaru, Tsurumaru, and Daihachi Taiseimaru, along with several patrol ships, illegally entered the territorial waters of the Diaoyu Islands. As a result, Chinese maritime law enforcement vessels took necessary control measures. Ganyu emphasised that the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets are an inherent part of China’s territory. Chinese maritime law enforcement vessels are lawfully engaged in safeguarding maritime rights and law enforcement activities within their jurisdictional waters. Ganyu urged Japan to immediately cease all illegal activities in the area and ensure that similar incidents do not occur again.
In a separate incident, the 10th Regional Headquarters of the Japanese Coast Guard confirmed that a Chinese marine survey ship deployed an object resembling a cable into the sea in waters approximately 334 kilometres west of Amami Oshima Island around 11.20am on Tuesday. This action was deemed an unauthorised marine survey by the Japanese authorities, who requested the cessation of such activities via radio communication from their patrol ships.