Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chinese surveillance ships spotted near disputed islands

NAHA (Kyodo) A total of 10 Chinese official surveillance ships were spotted near the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Thursday, ensuring the tension heightened by Japan's purchase of some of the islands doesn't ease.

At noon, one fisheries surveillance ship was found within Japan's contiguous waters, which surround territorial waters off the islands, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

Since Tuesday, a total of 16 Chinese official surveillance ships -- 10 marine surveillance vessels and six fisheries surveillance ships -- have entered Japanese territorial waters off the islands, which are claimed by China, or the contiguous waters around them.

Six of them left the area on Wednesday night, according to the coast guard. An armada of fishing boats that was reported in the Chinese media to have set sail for waters off the islands was not spotted. Read More