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Japan claims Chinese vessels sail near disputed islands

Japan claims Chinese vessels sail near disputed islands

On Sunday, Japan's Coast Guard said two Chinese vessels had entered what Japan considers its territorial waters to be close to the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

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It was the 21st time that Chinese ships approached Japanese waters this year and the first since late August, a representative of the Japanese Coast Guard said.

The government of Japan has complained about "relentless" intrusions into waters around the group of islets claimed by both countries. The disputed territory comprises islands known in Japan as the Senkaku and in China as the Diaoyu.

The Kyodo news agency said two Chinese Coast Guard ships entered the waters and approached a Japanese fishing boat. Kyodo said the Japanese Coast Guard was deploying patrol boats to the area.

China's foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The defense ministry could not be contacted immediately.

Maritime Business World 

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