Japan says Chinese ships near disputed islands in East China Sea
Published on Jun 6, 2014 11:38 AM
TOKYO (AFP) - Chinese ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea on Friday, officials said, after G7 leaders cautioned against "intimidation" in territorial disputes.
The Japanese coastguard said two vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, at 10am (0100 GMT).
"The two ships were initially spotted about 27km west of Uotsurijima, but they have now entered the Japanese territorial waters," a coast guard official said.
For over a year after Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, Chinese vessels and aircraft regularly approached, playing cat and mouse with the Japanese coastguard.
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