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Two China ships in Japanese waters: Coastguard

Published on Dec 31, 2012 3:33 PM
A handout picture taken by the Japan Coast Guard on Dec 17, 2012 shows a Chinese marine surveillance ship cruising near the disputed islands known as Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Two state-owned Chinese ships entered into territorial waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea on Monday, Japan's coastguard said.

One of the ships entered into waters surrounding the islands known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China at around 1:32pm (12.32pm Singapore time), while the other followed about 20 minutes later, the coastguard said.

The ships were spotted by coastguard aircraft which were patrolling the region, it said, without elaborating further.

A coastguard spokesman could not be reached for immediate comment.

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