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China ships in disputed waters as tension runs high

Published on Feb 10, 2013 2:11 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Four Chinese ships were spotted Sunday in disputed East China Sea waters, Japanese officials said, as Tokyo considered disclosing video footage and pictures as evidence of a Chinese frigate's alleged radar-lock incident.

For the first time after Tokyo made the allegation last week, China sent maritime surveillance vessels near Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Tokyo and Diaoyu by Beijing, which also claims them.

They were seen sailing in the contiguous waters near one of the outcrops as of 8.00 am Singapore time, the Japan Coast Guard said.

Tokyo accused a Chinese frigate of locking its weapons-tracking radar on a Japanese destroyer - the first time the two nations' navies have locked horns in the territorial dispute that has provoked fears of armed conflict breaking out between the two.

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