23:51 29 October 2013
5 Chinese naval vessels sail outside Japanese waters near Okinawa
TOKYO, Oct. 29, Kyodo
Five Chinese naval vessels on Tuesday sailed outside Japanese territorial waters near Okinawa Prefecture, the latest in a series of Chinese maritime activities in recent days.
Japan's Defense Ministry believes the five vessels were on their way back to China after conducting exercises in the Pacific, ministry officials said.
Of the five, two Chinese frigates sailed through a zone just outside Japanese territorial waters between Yonaguni and Iriomote islands in Okinawa from about 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., heading northward for the Senkaku Islands and then changing course, the ministry said.
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