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Three Chinese maritime surveillance vessels entered Japanese territorial waters on Thursday near the Senkaku Islands, a Japanese-controlled islet group claimed by China, the Japan Coast Guard said.
Chinese vessels last intruded into Japanese waters on Friday. The latest incident was the 45th since last September, when the Japanese government purchased the main part of the Senkakus from a Japanese owner, drawing protests from China, which calls the isles Diaoyu.
The coast guard said it was warning the vessels to leave the area but there has been no response.