Chinese ships are once again violating Japan’s territorial waters near the Senkaku islands:
A Japanese Foreign ministry official said at a briefing Friday that the ship, the Haijian 50, that morning entered Japanese territorial water near the Senkaku islands—called the Daioyu islands by China—despite repeated warnings by a Japanese patrol boat. The spokesman said Japan’s vice foreign minister summoned China’s ambassador to the foreign ministry to protest the matter as “extremely serious” and “unacceptable.”
According to China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency, the State Oceanic Administration issued a statement on Friday saying the Haijian 50 and another surveillance ship arrived in the area early Friday morning to conduct an inspection tour.
After Naha prosecutors decided twice not to press charges against the skipper, an independent 11-member citizens’ judicial panel sought mandatory indictment last July 21, arguing the captain’s reckless actions posed risks to human lives.