31 Jul '11, 10am

Japan reports China ship near disputed islands

Japan reports China ship near disputed islands

The ship, named the Beidou, was spotted early on Sunday by a coastguard plane some 60km off Uotsuri, part the islands known as Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu in Chinese, the Japan coastguard said. -- PHOTO: AP TOKYO - JAPAN'S coastguard on Sunday warned a Chinese marine research ship sailing near a disputed island chain against conducting surveys there. The ship, named the Beidou, was spotted early on Sunday by a coastguard plane some 60km off Uotsuri, part the islands known as Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu in Chinese, the Japan coastguard said. The chain, rich in undersea natural resources, is also claimed by Taiwan. It is the first time this year that a Chinese research vessel has been confirmed as having deployed near the Senkaku Islands, the coastguard said. The plane and a coastguard patrol ship issued a warning for the ship not to conduct marine research in Japan's exclus...

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