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2 China Coast Guard Ships Enter Japanese Waters in Tsugaru Strait

2 China Coast Guard Ships Enter Japanese Waters in Tsugaru Strait

   Tokyo, July 17 (Jiji Press)--Two Haijing coast guard ships of China sailed in Japanese territorial waters in the Tsugaru Strait in northeastern Japan and nearby areas on Monday, according to the Japan Coast Guard.
   It is the first time that a Haijing ship has been confirmed to intrude into Japanese waters in or around the strait, which separates the northeastern Japan prefecture of Aomori and the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, said officials of the Japan Coast Guard's second regional headquarters in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan.
   According to the officials, the Haijing 2506 and the Haijing 1304 crossed into Japanese waters in the Sea of Japan at a point west-northwest of the cape of Henashizaki in the western Aomori town of Fukaura around between 8:06 a.m. (11:06 p.m. Sunday GMT) and 8:19 a.m. They left the areas around between 9:37 a.m. and 9:46 a.m.
   Between 11:44 a.m. and 11:57 a.m., the two vessels were found entering Japanese waters in the Tsugaru Strait at a location northeast of the cape of Tappizaki in the Aomori town of Sotogahama in the Tsugaru Peninsula. The two ships were seen sailing out of the Japanese waters at a point northeast of the cape of Shiriyazaki in the Aomori village of Higashidori in the Shimokita Peninsula around between 3:19 p.m. and 3:23 p.m., the officials said.
   Japan's territorial waters in the Tsugaru Strait are areas within 3 nautical miles, or about 5.5 kilometers, from the baselines, while the central area of the strait is designated as an international strait under international law and is regarded as the same as high seas.

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