Four Chinese coastguard ships enter waters near disputed East China Sea islands

Chinese coastguard ships have again sailed
close to a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japan’s Kyodo News Agency reports four Chinese
vessels entered waters surrounding the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China
on Saturday morning, local time. According to the report,… the ships left
after two hours. It marks the sixteenth time this year that
Chinese vessels have been spotted near disputed territory. The Director General of Japan’s foreign ministry
called the Chinese embassy in Tokyo in protest,… saying the islands are Japanese territory. The uninhabited islands have been a constant
source of tension between Tokyo and Beijing as both sides claim the islands as their own

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