JAPAN: 4 CHINESE SHIPS IN DISPUTED WATERS

Fox News on September 13, 2013, published an AFP report on four Chinese ships entering waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan with no sign of a compromise seen between Asia’s two largest powers. Excerpts below:

The four Chinese coastguard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands — which Beijing calls the Diaoyus — the Japanese coastguard said.

The moves came after the first anniversary of Tokyo’s nationalisation of part of the chain. On the eve of the anniversary, a flotilla of eight Chinese ships entered the territorial band of waters.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on September 12 vowed to beef up his country’s defence capability amid the row with China.

Japan annexed what it says were unclaimed islands in 1895. It says China’s assertion of ownership only came after the discovery of resources in the seabed at the close of the 1960s.

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