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Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day

Chinese ships enter disputed waters for 2nd day in a row

NationalOct. 03, 2012 – 03:20PM JST( 0 )

Tokyo and Beijing remain locked in a diplomatic row over disputed islands in the East China SeaAFP

TOKYO  —

Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day Wednesday, the Japan Coast Guard said.

Three maritime surveillance ships “ignored warnings from patrol vessels of our agency… and entered our country’s territorial waters” shortly after 12:30 p.m., the coast guard said in a statement.

“Our patrol vessels are demanding they leave our country’s territorial waters by radio and other means but the Haijians have not replied,” it said, referring to the ships’ names.

They were off Kubashima, one of the islands in a chain known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.

The Chinese ships were among four vessels that had been in island waters on Tuesday, remaining for around six hours, despite demands from Japan that they leave.

Tensions have risen in recent months over the islands, which lie in rich fishing grounds and on key shipping lanes in the East China Sea. The seabed in the area is also believed to harbor mineral reserves.

Diplomats from China and Japan traded insults at the United Nations in New York last week and sometimes violent demonstrations in Chinese cities hit Japanese business interests in the country last month.

© 2012 AFP

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