Chinese ships in disputed waters - Japan
TOKYO, Japan - Three Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands early Thursday, October 25, the Japanese coastguard said.
The maritime surveillance ships entered Japan's 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the islands in the East China Sea shortly after 6:30 am (2130 GMT Wednesday), the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.
The Chinese ships were off Minamikojima, one of the islands in a chain known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.
Another marine surveillance ship was in 24-nautical-mile contiguous waters, coastguards said.
Tensions have risen in recent months over the islands, which lie in rich fishing grounds. The seabed in the area is also believed to harbour mineral reserves. - Agence France-Presse