Japan warns Chinese ship near disputed isles
TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese coastguards said on Tuesday they had warned away a Chinese boat spotted near an island at the heart of a escalating territorial row between Beijing and Tokyo.
The Chinese fisheries patrol boat was sighted near the main islet in the group of disputed islands, according to a spokesman from the coastguard in Okinawa, and contacted by radio.
"The ship was 42km north-northwest of Uotsurijima at 7.00am (6am Singapore time) and was cruising east," he said." Widespread anti-Japanese protests, some of them violent, have been held across China in recent days over the East China Sea islands known as Diaoyu by Beijing and Senkaku by Tokyo. They are claimed by both but controlled by Japan.
Major Japanese firms including Canon and Honda have suspended operations at several plants in China, according to officials and reports on Monday.