05 Mar '11, 7am

Japan alarmed by approaching China vessel

Japan alarmed by approaching China vessel

TOKYO: Japan went on alert Saturday as a Chinese surveillance vessel approached a disputed island chain at the centre of a bitter territorial row between the two rivals. The Japan Coast Guard said its patrol aircraft spotted the ship around 8:00 am (2300 GMT Friday) as it sailed near the uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. Official Japanese aircraft and ships warned the Chinese not to enter the territorial waters that Japan claims as its own, the coast guard said in a statement. The Chinese ship, which did not enter the territorial waters, responded that it was only patrolling the area. It was the second time this year that a Chinese vessel sailed close to the disputed islands, as China's increased naval activities continue to cause friction with neighbouring nations. Beijing declared late last year it would increase pat...

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