China sends ships to islands disputed with Japan: Xinhua
BEIJING (AFP) - China has sent two patrol ships to a group of islands at the centre of a territorial row with Japan, state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday, after Tokyo said it would nationalise them.
Xinhua said the two marine surveillance ships had reached the waters around the Diaoyu islands - known in Japan as the Senkaku islands - to "assert the country's sovereignty".
The latest move came hours after Beijing said on Monday it had summoned the Japanese ambassador to protest Tokyo's announcement that it will buy three of the islands, which will be formally owned by Japan's Coast Guard.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said the islands were "an inherent part of China's territory" and vowed his country would "never ever yield an inch" on its sovereignty.