On the morning of September 10, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) identified a submarine sailing northwest just outside its territorial waters near Amami Oshima Island, in Japan’s Kagoshima Prefecture.
Reuters quoted a statement by the Japanese Ministry of Defense as saying that a Chinese destroyer was also detected in the vicinity.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force identified ships in the contiguous zone, outside the territorial sea where the ships were asked to be identified.
However, the notice said that Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi still instructed his subordinates to “collect information and maintain vigilant surveillance with an urgent spirit” of these ships.
Chinese officials have not yet commented. According to the Japanese Defense Ministry, the submarine continued to stay in the western waters near Yokoate Island.
Chinese nuclear submarines. Photo: Reuters
In recent years, Japan has repeatedly spoken out about many cases of Chinese ships encroaching on its territorial waters and near disputed islands. On the other hand, Beijing often condemns when US ships enter the South China Sea to assert freedom of navigation.
Previously, in July, four Chinese ships crossed the border area and entered the contiguous zone. Then the two ships continued to enter Japan’s territorial waters in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands area. The Chinese ships tried to approach the Japanese fishing boat.
In February, Japan accused two Chinese coast guard ships of entering Japanese waters near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. These two ships stayed there for almost half a day before leaving.
However, the last time Chinese ships were present in the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands for a record long time was in July 2020. At that time, the Chinese coast guard ship entered the waters around the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in 39 hours and 23 minutes.