Beijing. Beijing said on Friday that two surveillance
fleets that entered Japanese waters close to disputed islands in
defiance of warnings from Tokyo would conduct “law enforcement”
The fleets arrived days after the Japanese government
announced it had completed its planned purchase of the islands in the
East China Sea, which it administers and knows as Senkaku, but which
China claims as Diaoyu.
“Two Chinese surveillance ship fleets
arrived at waters around the Diaoyu Islands and adjacent islands on
September 14, 2012 to start patrol and law enforcement,” China’s foreign
ministry said in a statement.
“These law enforcement and patrol
activities are designed to demonstrate China’s jurisdiction over the
islands and safeguard its maritime interests.”
Japan’s coast guard said it had issued warnings telling the Chinese ships to leave.The
disputed archipelago in the East China Sea is around 400 kilometers from Naha, the main city of Okinawa, and 200 kilometers from