China ships near disputed islands
- Published: 19 Jan 2013 at 10.45
- Online news:
Three Chinese government ships on Saturday entered Japanese territorial waters around disputed islands, Japan's coastguard said, hours after a veiled US warning to Beijing not to challenge Tokyo's control.
This file photo, taken by the Japan Coast Guard on December 17, 2012, shows a Chinese marine surveillance ship cruising near the disputed islands known as Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. China has repeatedly sailed into the waters since Japan nationalised the chain in September, a move that triggered anger and demonstrations in China.
The surveillance vessels entered waters around the islands known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyus in China shortly after 9:00 am (0000 GMT), the coastguard said in a statement.
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