Japan hold ‘island defence’ drill as China ships enter territorial waters

The Japanese Self Defence Force held a public drill to simulate recapturing an island from an enemy nation for the second year in a row, as Chinese government vessels sail near islands disputed with Japan for the first time this year.

Japan’s defence minister vowed to defend the country’s territory as three Chinese government ships entered disputed waters off the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, in the East China Sea.

The Chinese coastguard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters at about 8:30 am (2330 GMT Saturday) and then left less than two hours later.

“We can never overlook repeated incursions into territorial waters,” Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters.

Full article: Japan hold ‘island defence’ drill as China ships enter territorial waters (The Telegraph)

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