China ships entered disputed waters, says Japanese coastguard
TOKYO (AFP) - Chinese coastguard ships on Friday sailed into disputed waters at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo, officials said, a day after China blasted Japanese lawmakers for visiting a controversial war shrine.
The four government vessels spent about two hours within the 12-nautical-mile band around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands - which Beijing calls the Diaoyu islands - in the East China Sea.
Japan's coastguard said the vessels had left territorial waters by 12:30 pm (11:30 am Singapore time) but remained in the area.
The incursion came after Beijing on Thursday summoned Japan's ambassador to condemn a visit by nearly 100 Japanese lawmakers to the Yasukuni shrine on the anniversary of Tokyo's World War II surrender.