‘Extremely Serious’: Chinese Maritime Militia Enters Senkakus

The Japanese government filed a protest with Beijing after seven Chinese coast guard ships — four outfitted with “cannons” — appeared together last month in waters around disputed southern islets in the East China Sea.

The flotilla was spotted near the Senkaku Islands on Aug. 30, a Japan Coast Guard spokesman told Stars and Stripes by phone on Thursday. It was nearly double the usual contingent of Chinese ships patrolling the area and the largest since 2016.

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