China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard
Published on Feb 18, 2013 1:21 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Chinese government ships were in waters around disputed East China Sea islands on Monday, Japan's coastguard said, as a senior Japanese diplomat prepared for meetings in Beijing aimed at mending frayed ties.
Three state-run Maritime Surveillance vessels were clocked in seas off the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, which Beijing calls the Diaoyu islands and claims as its own, around 0000 GMT (8am Singapore time), the coastguard said.
Japan had made a formal protest to China about what it believes is an incursion into its sovereign waters, Kyodo News Agency reported.
It was the latest in a series of incidents at sea that have also included confrontations between warships, with Japan claiming Chinese vessels locked their weapons-targeting radar onto a ship and a helicopter.
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