Japan summons China envoy in East China Sea island row
Published on Feb 5, 2013 11:04 AM
TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo summoned China's envoy on Tuesday in protest after what it says was another incursion into its territorial waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Beijing.
"The foreign ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador over ships entering the waters near Senkaku islands," said a foreign ministry official, referring to a chain claimed as the Diaoyus by Beijing.
The move comes after Chinese state vessels spent much of Monday in waters around the islands and as the two sides show no sign of backing down in a dispute that has badly affected trade between Asia's two largest economies.
Two maritime surveillance boats arrived in the area shortly before 9:30 am local time, the Japanese coastguard said, with Kyodo News reporting they had remained there for around 14 hours.
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