Four Chinese government ships entered territorial waters around Japan-controlled islands at the centre of a dispute on Monday, the Japanese coastguard said.
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 in China, in the East China Sea. Four Chinese government ships entered the waters again on Monday, the first time since December 31.
The four marine surveillance ships were seen moving within 12 nautical miles of the islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, just before midday, the coastguard said in a statement.
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