China sends three Warships to disputed Islands

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
 Three Chinese government ships were sailing in  waters around islands disputed with Japan today, a day after the  Japanese premier suggested a summit could help mend frayed ties.

Japan’s coastguard said the maritime surveillance  boats were sailing in waters around a chain of Tokyo-controlled islands  known as the Senkakus in Japan for about an hour and a half, AFP  reported.

They all left the waters by 1:32 pm, coastguard officials said.

China, which calls the islands the Diaoyus, has  repeatedly sent ships to the area since Japan nationalised some of the  chain in September. The move triggered a diplomatic dispute and huge  anti-Japan demonstrations across China.

Beijing has also sent air patrols to the archipelago  in the East China Sea and recently both Beijing and Tokyo have scrambled fighter jets, though there have been no clashes.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested a  summit with China would improve a relationship that has been badly  troubled for months.

“A high-level meeting should be held because there is a problem. If necessary, there might be a need to build the…  relationship again, starting with a summit meeting,” he told a  television show.


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