Three Chinese ships in disputed waters: Japan

The maritime surveillance vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off Uotsurijima.

Written by PTI | Tokyo,japan | Published: June 22, 2013 1:26:03 pm

Three Chinese government ships sailed into waters around disputed islands controlled by Tokyo today,the Japanese coastguard said.

The maritime surveillance vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off Uotsurijima,one of the Senkakuislands,which China calls the Diaoyus,in the East China Sea shortly after 9:30 am (0600 IST),the coastguard added.

Ships from the two countries have been involved in a stand-off as Beijing and Tokyo jostle over ownership of the strategically important and resource-rich islands.

A territorial row that dates back four decades reignited last September when Tokyo nationalised three islands in the chain,in what it said was a mere administrative change of ownership.

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