China confronts Japan ships near disputed islands
BEIJING (AP) - China says its patrol boats confronted Japanese vessels near disputed East China Sea islands in the latest in a series of encounters.
The State Oceanic Administration said four ships from China Marine Surveillance entered waters near the islands at 10am local time on Tuesday. It said they "carried out expulsion measures" against Japanese Coast Guard ships in the area.
Japanese Coast Guard spokesman Yuji Kito said ships from both countries flashed signs saying they were in their own territorial waters and demanding the other side leave.
China has been carrying out increasingly frequent patrols around the islands since stridently protesting the Japanese government's decision to nationalise them last month. The uninhabited islets are known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are also claimed by Taiwan.