Four Chinese ships have entered waters around disputed isles: Japan
TOKYO (AFP) - Four Chinese ships entered waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan on Saturday, with no sign of a compromise seen between Asia's two largest powers.
The four Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands - which Beijing calls the Diaoyus - on Saturday morning, the Japanese coast guard said.
The moves came after the first anniversary on Wednesday of Tokyo's nationalisation of part of the chain. On the eve of the anniversary, a flotilla of eight Chinese ships entered the territorial band of waters.
Often-testy ties have soured dramatically over the last 12 months, with frequent confrontations between official ships from both sides.