Chinese ships make fresh foray into Japanese waters

AFP-JIJI

Three Chinese government ships entered Japanese territorial waters Friday, the coast guard said, days after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed to expel any Chinese landing on disputed islands in the East China Sea.

The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off the Senkaku Islands, which China calls Diaoyu, around 10 a.m., the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.

On Tuesday, eight Chinese vessels sailed into the disputed waters, the biggest flotilla to sail there in a single day since Tokyo effectively nationalized the island chain in September.

To diffuse the tension, senior Japanese and Chinese defense officials were to meet Friday evening in Beijing to discuss how best to avert a spontaneous military clash.