Chinese ships make longest continuous intrusion in waters near Senkaku Islands

Japan's Coast Guard says two Chinese government ships have been navigating in Japan's territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea for more than 58 hours.

This is the longest-ever continued intrusion of its kind since the Japanese government purchased some of the islands from a private Japanese owner in 2012.

Coast Guard officials said the ships entered waters off Uotsuri Island shortly after 4 a.m. on Tuesday, Japan time. They added that the ships are repeatedly trying to approach a Japanese fishing boat carrying three people.

The ships had stayed in the Japanese waters for 58 hours as of 3 p.m. on Thursday, breaking the previous record of a similar intrusion.

The Coast Guard has sent patrol ships to the area and is demanding that the Chinese vessels immediately leave Japan's territorial waters.

Japan controls the Senkaku Islands. The Japanese government maintains the islands are an inherent part of Japan's territory. China and Taiwan claim them.