Posted by: Chuck | September 21, 2013

Four Chinese ships enter disputed waters – Japan

Four Chinese ships entered waters around islands at the center of a bitter dispute with Japan on Saturday with no sign of a compromise seen between Asia’s two largest powers.

The four Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands — which Beijing calls the Diaoyus — Saturday morning, the Japanese coastguard said. They had all left the waters more than four hours later and were in contiguous waters just outside of the 12-nautical-mile band Saturday afternoon, the Japanese guards said. The moves came after the first anniversary Wednesday of Tokyo’s nationalization of part of the chain. On the eve of the anniversary, a flotilla of eight Chinese ships entered the territorial band of waters. (Source: AP News 9/14/13)



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