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Chinese ships seen in disputed waters: Japan

Three Chinese government ships remained in the waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for nearly 12 hours, Japan’s coastguard said, as a long-running row shows no sign of fading.

Maritime surveillance vessels were spotted on Monday in the 12-nautical-mile zone off the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyus, in the East China Sea shortly after 9:00 am (0000 GMT/0530 IST), the coastguard said. They left the zone shortly before 9:00 pm.

It is the latest episode in a fraught few months which have seen repeated stand-offs between official ships from both sides as they jostle over ownership of the strategically-important and resource-rich islands.

In a separate maritime incident in the East China Sea, a foreign submarine was spotted sailing underwater near Kume, one of Japan’s Okinawan islands, from late Sunday to early Monday.
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