China coastguard in disputed waters for first time: Japan
TOKYO (AFP) - Chinese coastguard ships entered the territorial waters of Japanese-controlled islands at the centre of a bitter row, Japan's coastguard said on Friday, the first such incursion by the organisation.
Although Chinese government ships have been in and out of waters around the islands for many months, this is the first time they have ventured there since Beijing combined several agencies under the coastguard flag.
The move potentially further ramps up tensions around the Senkaku islands, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.
"We demanded they leave our territorial waters," an official at Japan's coastguard said.