The government of Japan stated on Thursday that five ballistic missiles fired by China during its maneuvers this Thursday fell into waters belonging to its special economic zone (EEZ).
The Japanese Ministry of Defense announced that the missiles hit inside the EEZ of the archipelago, for which the Japanese authorities have moved a protest to Beijing.
China began this Thursday maneuvers with fire real around Taiwan, (which is about 160 kilometers from the southwestern end of the Japanese archipelago), in response to the visit on the eve of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
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Japan detected nine launches of Chinese ballistic missiles between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time (6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. GMT), of which five went to its EEZ, according to the Japanese defense minister, Nobuo Kishi, in statements to the media.
“This is a very serious incident that affects the security of our territory and our population,” said Kishi, who also said that this is the first time that ballistic missiles from the Chinese army have hit waters in the special economic zone.
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The Japanese government has submitted a protest diplomat to the Chinese Executive as a result of the launches, carried out in the framework of the exercises of the Chinese Army in the Taiwan Strait and that have caused the closure of maritime space and aerial in six zones around the island considered by Beijing as part of its territory.
The missiles ended up in waters near the island of Haterumabelonging to the archipelago of okinawain the far south-west of Japan.
The incident comes to increase tensions between neighboring countries, after Tokyo has denounced in recent months an increase in Chinese naval military activities around the Senkaku Islands, administered by Japan but claimed by Beijing (which calls them Diaoyu) , and in other areas of the archipelago.
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