China ships enter waters off disputed islands: Japan coastguard
Published on Jan 12, 2014 12:35 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Three Chinese ships entered disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, the Japanese coastguard said, the first such incursion this year.
The Chinese coastguard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters at about 8.30am (7.30am Singapore time) off one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, Japan's coastguard said.
They left less than two hours later.
Chinese state-owned ships and aircraft have approached the Senkakus on and off to demonstrate Beijing's territorial claims, especially after Japan nationalised some of the islands in September 2012.
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