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China sends ships into new ADIZ near Tiaoyutai
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2013-12-08 02:09 PM
Japan’s Coast Guard has reported that three ships operated by the Chinese government sailed into waters near Tiaoyutai on Sunday. This is the first time Beijing authorities have sent vessels into the area of the East China Sea covered by the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) declared on November 23.

The Coast Guard noted that the three vessels approached the 12-nautical mile limit off the Tiaoyutai islands at 9:00AM local time (8:00AM in Taiwan).

Regional tensions have been heightened since Beijing proclaimed the ADIZ along with a sternly worded warning for aircraft transiting the zone, and the presence of Chinese vessels from government agencies is certain to draw a response from Japanese authorities.

Japanese Coast Guard officials note that Chinese government vessels have come and gone numerous times in the "adjacent waters" to Tiaoyutai in the past couple of weeks but had not entered Japan’s "territorial waters" until Sunday.

The NHK website of Japan Broadcasting Corporation reported that the three ships in question were Marine Police vessels 2166, 2350 and 2506 of the Chinese Coast Guard.

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