Asia Briefs: Protest over Chinese ships at disputed isles

Protest over Chinese ships at disputed isles

TOKYO • Tokyo protested to Beijing yesterday after Chinese coast guard ships sailed into territorial waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Four Chinese vessels entered the waters surrounding islets, called the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, at around 10am local time and left within an hour, according to Japan Coast Guard. Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests with China since Aug 5.


10 die as boat sinks

in Indonesian waters JAKARTA • Ten people died yesterday when a boat sank in rough seas off western Indonesia, with a search under way for five others still missing. The small boat was carrying 17 passengers from the port city of Tanjung Pinang in Riau province, said the navy.


Fake Filipino pilgrims

face deportation MANILA • Nearly 180 Indonesians who tried to pass themselves off as Filipino pilgrims are facing deportation proceedings for being "undesirable aliens".

The 177 Indonesians were arrested with five Filipinos who were escorting them to their Philippine Airlines flight last Friday to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The Indonesians had used the quota reserved for Filipino pilgrims to the Haj given by Saudi Arabia, as there were no more slots for Indonesians.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe