Chinese ships in disputed waters, says Japanese coastguard
TOKYO (AFP) - Four Chinese government ships entered disputed waters in the East Asia Sea at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo on Saturday, the Japanese coastguard said.
"We are telling them to leave the area," a coastguard spokesman told AFP, after the ships sailed into waters around the Senkaku islands - known in Chinese as the Diaoyu islands - shortly after 9:00 am (8:00 am Singapore time).
The ships were among five vessels that have been sailing in and out of the disputed zone since last week.
The Japanese foreign ministry summoned Beijing's envoy on Thursday after the ships spent more than a day in Japanese territorial waters, marking their longest such incursion since the long-simmering dispute erupted again last year.