Chinese vessels enter waters near the Senkaku Islands for a record 66th day in a row

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Chinese government vessels were spotted in waters near the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, inside Japan's contiguous zone, for a record 66th consecutive day on Thursday, June 18.

Citing a spokesman for the Japan 11th Regional Coast Guard headquarters, the Stars and Stripes reported that four Chinese coast guard vessels appeared about 18 miles north-northwest of Uotsuri Island around 9 a.m. Thursday.

Also on Thursday, a Chinese submarine was detected underwater heading west near Amami Oshima Island, the Japan Times reported, citing the ministry of defense.

China claims the Senkaku Islands as its own territory and refers to them as the Diaoyutai.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Location of Japan's contiguous zone and Senkaku Islands
2. Four Chinese coast guard vessels spotted in Japan's contiguous zone near Uotsuri Island on June 18
3. Chinese submarine spotted in Japan's contiguous zone northeast of Amami Oshima Island on June 18
4. Senkaku Islands are claimed by Japan, Taiwan and China. The islands lie within Japan and China's exclusive economic zones, are rich fishing grounds and may hold oil and natural gas deposits

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Chinese government vessels were spotted in waters near the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, inside Japan's contiguous zone, for a record 66th consecutive day on Thursday, June 18."

"Citing a spokesman for the Japan 11th Regional Coast Guard headquarters, the Stars and Stripes reported that four Chinese coast guard vessels appeared about 18 miles north-northwest of Uotsuri Island around 9 a.m. Thursday."

"Also on Thursday, a Chinese submarine was detected underwater heading west near Amami Oshima Island, the Japan Times reported, citing the ministry of defense."

"An MSDF patrol aircraft, the Ashigara Aegis guided missile destroyer and the Kaga helicopter carrier were used to monitor the submarine."

"Japan has administered the Senkaku Islands since 1972 when the U.S. returned Okinawa to Japanese control."

"The islands are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan and lie within both Japan and China's exclusive economic zones."

"The islands are surrounded by rich fishing grounds and lie near potential oil and gas reserves."

SOURCES: Stars and Stripes, Japan Times Asahi Shimbun, CNN
https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/china-sends-vessels-into-japanese-waters-near-senkaku-islands-a-record-66-days-in-a-row-1.634215
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2020/06/02/commentary/world-commentary/china-steps-offensive-senkaku-islands/#.XvAZwegzZaQ
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13465411
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/21/asia/china-japan-island-dispute-intl-hnk-scli/index.html
https://cnnphilippines.com/world/2020/6/21/china-japan-islands-dispute.html
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Chinese-J-10-fighter-jet-advances-on-Taiwan-as-tensions-rise