Chinese Ships Are Sailing Near Disputed Islands Claimed By Japan

Sunday, December 8, 2013
By Paul Martin

BusinessInsider.com
DEC. 7, 2013

Three Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, the Japanese Coast guard said, the first time since Beijing announced an Air Defence Identification Zone over the sea.

The vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters at about 9:00 am (0000 GMT) off one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, the Japan Coast Guard said.

This is the first time that Chinese Coast Guard ships were spotted sailing through the waters after Beijing raised regional tensions with its declaration of the air zone on November 23.

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