One of the vessels involved in the patrols is believed to have been a Hyuga-class helicopter carrier. Photo: AP
One of the vessels involved in the patrols is believed to have been a Hyuga-class helicopter carrier. Photo: AP

South China Sea: Japanese warships sailed near Chinese-controlled reefs in Spratly Islands ‘to pressure’ Beijing

  • Vessels from the Maritime Self-Defence Force entered the contiguous zone around disputed islands and reefs at least twice in past 10 months, local media claims
  • Voyages held ‘political meaning’, experts say, and were legal but might not have met the criteria of ‘freedom of navigation’ patrols

Topic |   South China Sea
One of the vessels involved in the patrols is believed to have been a Hyuga-class helicopter carrier. Photo: AP
One of the vessels involved in the patrols is believed to have been a Hyuga-class helicopter carrier. Photo: AP
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