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HomeAsiaJapan on high alert as PLA Navy vessel enters its territorial waters

Japan on high alert as PLA Navy vessel enters its territorial waters

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Japanese forces have been put on high alert after a large number of Chinese warships including an aircraft carrier were spotted in the West Pacific.

The ships started entering the region late last week when Tokyo announced its new security strategy to deal with threats from China.

The latest encroachment was on Monday when a Chinese Navy survey ship sailed through Japan’s territorial waters near the island of Yakushima. 

This is the ninth time since November a Chinese naval vessel has entered Japan’s waters, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.

“These Chinese naval activities are of national security concern,” it said.

The ministry’s Joint Staff Office said in a press release on Sunday that a Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy flotilla consisting of the aircraft carrier Liaoning and at least four large warships was operating in the waters approximately 260 kilometers (162 miles) southwest of the Daito Islands in Okinawa Prefecture.

Daito is an archipelago of three islands located in the Philippine Sea, part of Japan’s Ryukyu Island chain.

The flotilla has been in the area for several days. A previous release by the Japanese Joint Staff Office on Friday said the Liaoning, two Type 055 large destroyers, one Type 052D destroyer, one Type 054A frigate and one Type 901 comprehensive replenishment ship had sailed from the East China Sea through the Miyako Strait into the West Pacific.

On Friday Japan announced a set of new strategies – the National Security Strategy, the National Defense Strategy and the Defense Force

Japanese forces have been put on high alert after a large number of Chinese warships including an aircraft carrier were spotted in the West Pacific. The latest encroachment was on Monday when a Chinese Navy survey ship sailed through Japan’s territorial waters near the island of Yakushima. This is the ninth time since November a Chinese naval vessel has entered Japan’s waters, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.

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