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Three Chinese ships spotted off disputed islands: Japan

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Three Chinese government ships moved into territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands late Monday, Japan's coastguard said. 

A Chinese marine surveillance ship is seen near disputed islets, known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea, on March 12, 2013. Japan's coastguard says three Chinese government ships have moved into territorial waters off the disputed Tokyo-controlled islands.

The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off Uotsurijima, one of the Senkaku islands which China claims and calls the Diaoyus, after 7:00 pm (1000 GMT), the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.

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