FILE - A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri
island (top), Minamikojima (bottom) and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 2012.
At the exact time when the man, now identified as a native of Hebei provice, crash landed with his balloon 22 km south of Uotsuri
Island, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his New Year message, was reiterating his pledge to beef up military plans aimed at countering China.
A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship spotted the three Chinese government vessels off Uotsuri
Island, one of the Senkakus on Sunday, according to Japan's (NHK WORLD) website.
China's State Oceanic Administration said that after its three marine surveillance ships -- Haijian 51, 23 and 46 -- spotted the Japanese boats in the area of Uotsuri
, the largest islands in the Senkakus, five other its ships -- Haijian 50, 15, 49, 66 and 137 -- were ordered to switch course and converge on the area.
The three marine surveillance ships entered the zone off Uotsuri
, one of the Senkaku islands, shortly before 1:00 pm (0400 GMT), the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement, AFP reported.
The fisheries patrol boat entered the waters in the East China Sea at 4:48 pm (0748 GMT) and was sailing some 19 kilometres northwest of Uotsuri
, one of the Senkaku islands, Japan's coastguard said in a statement.
According to the Japan Times, the government has attempted to justify the nationalization of Uotsuri
, Kitakojima and Minamikojima in the Senkaku chain by portraying the move as necessary to block hawkish Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara's plan to purchase the islands from a Saitama businessman.
NAHA, Japan - Dozens of Taiwanese vessels entered Japan's territorial waters Tuesday morning off Uotsuri
Island, one of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, in the first such intrusion by Taiwanese ships since Tokyo nationalized the islets, which are also claimed by Taipei and Beijing.
Tensions flared between Tokyo and Beijing, after Japan arrested last month 14 Chinese nationals, including activists from Hong Kong, and deported them over a protest landing on Uotsuri
, the largest of a group of disputed isles.
According to the Japan Coast Guard, five activists from a Hong Kong vessel who went ashore on Uotsuri
Island, the largest in the Senkaku group, were arrested shortly after landing there Wednesday afternoon.
The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party also issued a protest against the landing on Uotsuri
Island, the largest of the Senkaku Islands, by the activists from a Hong-Kong based group and issued another statement against Lee's remarks.
The 14 male activists arrived on the Senkaku Islands by a fishing boat from Hong Kong, with seven of them landing on Uotsuri
Island, the largest in the island chain, to assert China's claim of sovereignty over the islands.