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China ships in disputed waters after Japan issued warning in defence paper

Published on Aug 6, 2014 2:02 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Chinese coastguard ships sailed into waters off Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday, officials said, after Tokyo's annual defence paper warned over China's "dangerous acts" near the disputed archipelago.

Three Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, the Japanese coastguard said.

The ships entered the area around 10.00am local time (0100 GMT) and left about two hours later, it said.

The report, published on uesday, said frequent appearances by Chinese ships in the area could lead to "unintended consequences", as fears grow over a potential military clash between the Asian powers.

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