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Chinese patrol ships encounter Japanese vessels near Diaoyu Islands

07-12-2012 23:05 BJT

SHANGHAI, July 12 (Xinhua) -- Three Chinese fishery patrol ships engaged in a verbal confrontation with Japanese Coast Guard ships in waters near the Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday, fishery authorities said Thursday.

Chinese patrol ships encounter Japanese Coast Guard vessels near the Diaoyu Islands in the
East China Sea, July 11, 2012. Three Chinese fishery patrol ships engaged in a verbal
confrontation with Japanese Coast Guard ships during a routine patrol in waters near the
Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday, fishery authorities said Thursday. (Xinhua/Luo Zhengguang)

The Yuzheng-202, Yuzheng-204 and Yuzheng-35001 encountered Japanese Coast Guard vessels near the Diaoyu Islands early Wednesday during a routine patrol, according to East China Sea Fishery Bureau under the Ministry of Agriculture.

"The Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated islets have been part of Chinese territory since ancient times. Our fishery patrol ships are conducting their normal duties in protecting fishery activity in Chinese waters. Please do not interfere and leave immediately," the Chinese ships said via radio when asked by the Japanese ships to leave the area.

The Chinese vessels have regrouped and are continuing to patrol the area.

The China Fishery Administration Bureau has included areas near the Diaoyu Islands as part of its regular patrols since 2010.

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Chinese patrol ships encounter Japanese Coast Guard vessels near the Diaoyu Islands in the
East China Sea, July 11, 2012. Three Chinese fishery patrol ships engaged in a verbal
confrontation with Japanese Coast Guard ships during a routine patrol in waters near the
Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday, fishery authorities said Thursday. (Xinhua/Luo Zhengguang)

Chinese patrol ships encounter Japanese Coast Guard vessels near the Diaoyu Islands in the
East China Sea, July 11, 2012. Three Chinese fishery patrol ships engaged in a verbal
confrontation with Japanese Coast Guard ships during a routine patrol in waters near the
Diaoyu Islands on Wednesday, fishery authorities said Thursday. (Xinhua/Luo Zhengguang)

 

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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