China sent its ships into territorial waters around disputed islands on Friday, in the first incursion since Japan elected a new government.
This file photo, taken by Japan Coast Guard, shows a Chinese maritime surveillance ship cruising near a group of disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, on November 27, 2012. Three Chinese state-owned ships entered the waters again on Friday, in the first intrusion since a new government was elected in Tokyo.
The move is a setback to hopes in Tokyo that Beijing might use the poll as a chance for a fresh start after months of bitter wrangling and rhetoric over an issue that neither side is prepared to budge on.
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