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Two Chinese maritime supervision vessels have come across a Japanese patrolling ship in the surrounding waters of China's Diaoyu Islands. The Chinese vessels were on a mission to safeguard China's maritime rights in accordance with the law.
The Chinese vessels were on a mission to safeguard China's maritime rights in accordance with the law.
After the Japanese ship was spotted, the Japanese crew members were contacted by China's maritime authority, which expressed China's standpoint on the Diaoyu Islands.
However, the Japanese side refused to respond, and began following China's supervision vessels. Chinese maritime supervision is an integrated law enforcement power affiliated with China's Oceanic Administration. China's maritime supervision reflects its long-standing position on the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.
China's Foreign Ministry has stated that Japan has no right to patrol around the Diaoyu Islands as the islands have been part of China's territory since ancient times, and Beijing asserts its sovereignty over the islands.