Military Capabilities

Number of Chinese vessels entering contiguous zone of disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands reached record level in 2019

09 January 2020

The number of Chinese government vessels entering the contiguous zone of the Japanese-controlled but Chinese-claimed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands reached a record level in 2019, according to Japan Coast Guard (JCG) data that was recently published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Tokyo.

Chinese government vessels entered the 24 n mile (44 km) contiguous zone around the disputed uninhabited islets in the East China Sea 1,097 times between 1 January and 31 December 2019, according to the MoFA: the highest figure since record keeping began in 2008.

In this context Japanese broadcaster NHK reported that Chinese government vessels sailed in the contiguous waters of the islands at a record pace in 2019, doing so on 282 days.

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