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Chinese ship briefly enters disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Published on Dec 4, 2012 1:56 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Chinese government ship briefly sailed into the territorial waters of disputed islands controlled by Tokyo in the East China Sea on Tuesday, Japan's coastguard said.

The maritime surveillance vessel entered the 12-nautical-mile zone around Minamikojima, one of the islands in the chain called the Senkakus by Japan and the Diaoyus by China, shortly after noon for about 10 minutes.

Chinese vessels have been spotted in and around the territorial waters almost every day for the last two months.

The latest episode came a day after Beijing branded a US-Japan security treaty "a product of the Cold War" when Washington lawmakers bolstered Japan in its territorial dispute with China over the islands.

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