11 December 2012, 13:44

2 Chinese patrol ships enter Senkaku waters

2 Chinese patrol ships enter Senkaku waters

Two Chinese patrol ships sailed on Tuesday into the contiguous zone, a band of water just outside Japan's territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea Tokyo claims as its own.

Japanese coast guard vessels radioed warnings for the Chinese ships to leave the area, which were ignored by the Chinese. Japan took control of the then uninhabited islands back in 1895. China insists that the isles were seized as part of the Japanese aggression of the late 1930s and therefore, must be given back

The conflict over the disputed islands flared up again in September after the Japanese government bought off several Senkaku islands from their private owners. 

Voice of Russia, TASS

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