(CNN)Tokyo has actually opposed to Beijing after a Chinese frigate went into waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, according to a Japanese Defense Ministry representative.
A Japanese Navy destroyer found the Chinese ship as it got in the adjoining zone– a location extending 24 nautical miles out from the edge of territorial waters– around the Senkaku, likewise called Diaoyu, islands, at 12.50 a.m. regional time Thursday (12.50 p.m. ET Wednesday), Yoshitomo Morii informed CNN
. This was the very first time a Chinese frigate has actually gotten in the adjoining zone, he included.
Both China and Japan assert ownership of the Senkaku chain, and stress have actually flared various times in current years.
In late 2013, China stated an air defense recognition zone (ADIZ) over much of the East China Sea
, consisting of the Senkakus, in spite of objections from Tokyo and Washington.
Japan likewise has an ADIZ over the islands, which it provides. While the Senkakus are unoccupied, their ownership would permit unique oil, mineral and fishing rights in the surrounding waters.
In mid-2014, Chinese and japanese jets had a strained standoff in an area where both zones overlap
, with Japan’s Defense Minister stating the airplanes at one point came within 30 feet of each other.
Tension over the island conflict has in the previous overflowed into demonstrations and violence
versus Japanese-owned companies in China.
The Senkakus are by no indicates the only islands whose ownership China conflicts. Beijing asserts most of the South China Sea as part of its area, which has caused increased stress and regular disagreements with its next-door neighbors there