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Chinese ships enter Japan territorial waters

Three Chinese government ships sailed into the waters of disputed Tokyo-controlled islands on Sunday, Japan's coastguard said. The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyu, around 11:00 am (0200 GMT). Chinese government ships have frequently sailed around the five islands in recent months, sparking diplomatic clashes with Japan.

China says Senkaku Islands are its "core interest"

China regards the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea as its "core interest," China's Foreign Ministry said Friday, the first announcement of that position. "The Diaoyu Islands are about sovereignty and territorial integrity. Of Course, it's China's core interest," ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press conference.

China says Japan activists' trip to disputed islands "illegal"

BEIJING (Reuters) - A trip by Japanese activists to a series of tiny islands at the centre of a dispute between Beijing and Tokyo is "illegal" and "troublemaking", the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. China has lodged a stern protest with Japan, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing. The Japanese government purchased the islands, called the Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, from a private Japanese owner last year, sparking sometimes-violent anti-Japanese protests across China.

Tokyo summons China envoy over boats in territorial waters

Japan summoned the Chinese ambassador on Tuesday in protest over a flotilla of Chinese government ships that entered territorial waters near a disputed island chain. Japan's foreign ministry said it had called in the envoy after eight Chinese vessels entered waters near the Senkaku islands, which China calls Diaoyu, the most in a single day since Tokyo nationalised part of the archipelago in September. kh-pb/jw

Chinese ships in disputed waters

Two Chinese government ships sailed into the waters of disputed Tokyo-controlled islands on Saturday, Japan's coastguard said. The surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone around the Senkakus, which Beijing claims and calls the Diaoyus, shortly before 1:00 pm (0400 GMT), the coastguard said. Chinese government ships have frequently spent time around the disputed island chain since Tokyo nationalised three of the islands last September. The islands are also claimed by Taiwan. hih/ao

Japan scrambles against China planes hit record over row

Japan scrambled fighter jets in response to Chinese aircraft a record number of times in the year to March 2013, mostly after the nationalisation of disputed islands, the government said Wednesday. Jets were sent airborne 306 times over the 12 months, double the previous year and more than the number of times they reacted to Russian planes -- 247 -- for the first time on record, the Defence Ministry said in a press release.

Japan coastguard says China ship in disputed waters

Japan said a Chinese government ship briefly entered its territorial waters off disputed islands on Saturday, as the Japanese premier vowed he would not tolerate Beijing's incursions into the area. The fisheries patrol boat entered the waters in the East China Sea at 4:48 pm (0748 GMT) and was sailing some 19 kilometres northwest of Uotsuri, one of the Senkaku islands, Japan's coastguard said in a statement. But the Chinese ship moved out of the zone after about an hour, watched by a Japanese coastguard vessel, it said.

UPDATE 1-Abe: Japan acting calmly in island dispute with China

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday said he told President Barack Obama in a meeting that Japan would act calmly in its row with China over tiny islands in the East China Sea claimed by both Asian countries. "I explained that we have always been dealing with this issue ... in a calm manner," he said through a translator, while sitting next to Obama in the White House Oval Office.

Japan PM seeks united line with Obama

Japan's new conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads Friday to the White House, where he hopes to show a firm, unified line to influence an assertive China and a defiant North Korea. Abe arrived in Washington on Thursday at a time of growing tensions between Japan and China, which is seen as challenging Tokyo's control over strategic islands, and days after a nuclear test by Pyongyang.

Japan coastguard says China ship in disputed waters

A Chinese government ship briefly entered territorial waters off Japanese-controlled but disputed islands in the East China Sea on Thursday, Japan's coastguard said. The fishery patrol boat entered the 12-nautical mile zone off Kubajima, one of the Senkaku islands, at about 3:36 pm (0636 GMT), according to a statement. It added that the ship moved out of the zone after 22 minutes, watched by a Japanese coastguard vessel. Beijing claims the islands, which it calls the Diaoyus.
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