Japan summons China envoy over ships near disputed islands
TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo said on Thursday that it has summoned the Chinese envoy after government ships entered Japanese territorial waters near islands at the centre of a territorial row between the Asian giants.
The Chinese ships entered the area on Wednesday and were still there on Thursday morning, the Foreign Ministry said, marking the longest stretch since the long-simmering dispute erupted again last year.
Tokyo issued a protest to acting ambassador Han Zhiqiang over the latest incident, a Japanese foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.
"The Chinese side argued its... position and said it could not accept Japan's protest," he said after the Chinese diplomat met Japanese officials.