Tokyo, Sept. 25: Japan’s Coast Guard patrol vessels fired water cannons at the Taiwanese ships, which entered territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands.
Japan attacked the ships after they refused to heed warnings not to enter Japanese waters.
Eight surveillance ships dispatched by Taipei to accompany the fishing boats retaliated with water cannons against the Japanese ships.
According to the Telegraph, when ordered to leave Japanese waters, the captain of one of the Taiwanese patrol vessels replied that the ships were operating in Taiwan’s waters and engaged in legitimate activities. He also demanded that the Japanese Coast Guard withdraw.
Many of the Taiwanese ships were flying banners demanding that Japan hand over the territory to Taiwan, which knows the chain as the Tiaoyutai.
According to the report, all the vessels, however, had left Japanese territorial waters before mid-day, although monitoring aircraft have since identified a further six Chinese patrol ships sailing just outside the area around the islands. (ANI)