Chinese ships sail through disputed waters: Japan coastguard
Published on Feb 2, 2014 11:44 AM
TOKYO (AFP) - Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Sunday as diplomatic tension between Tokyo and Beijing intensifies.
Three Chinese coastguard vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Senkakus, which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, at about 10am (9am Singapore time), Japan's coastguard said.
It came days after a diplomatic battle over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to a contested war shrine reached the UN Security Council, with China and Japan accusing each other of threatening stability.
China's UN ambassador, Liu Jieyi, seized upon a debate on the lessons of conflict to slam Abe for going to the Yasukuni Shrine, which honours war criminals among the country's war dead.
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