A Japanese coastguard vessel patrols near the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The last time a Chinese navy vessel was seen near the islands was 2018, according to public broadcaster NHK. Photo: Reuters
A Japanese coastguard vessel patrols near the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The last time a Chinese navy vessel was seen near the islands was 2018, according to public broadcaster NHK. Photo: Reuters

Japan protests as first Chinese navy ship in 4 years spotted near Diaoyu Islands

  • The uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, which Tokyo calls the Senkaku Islands, are at the centre of a long-running dispute between Japan and China
  • Japan’s diplomatic protest came as domestic media, citing anonymous defence ministry sources, reported that Russia had also sent its own naval ship to the area

A Japanese coastguard vessel patrols near the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The last time a Chinese navy vessel was seen near the islands was 2018, according to public broadcaster NHK. Photo: Reuters
A Japanese coastguard vessel patrols near the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. The last time a Chinese navy vessel was seen near the islands was 2018, according to public broadcaster NHK. Photo: Reuters
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