Chi­nese ships sail near dis­puted is­lands: Ja­pan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FOUR Chi­nese ves­sels sailed into ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters around dis­puted is­lands in the East China Sea, Ja­pan said yes­ter­day, as Tokyo at­tempts to en­gage with Bei­jing to press North Korea over its lat­est nu­clear test.

The four coast­guard ves­sels sailed into wa­ters sur­round­ing the is­lands, ad­min­is­tered as Senkaku by Ja­pan and claimed as Diaoyu by China, and left about 90 min­utes later.

The two coun­tries are locked in a long-run­ning dis­pute over the un­in­hab­ited islets. China re­gards them as its own, re­ject­ing the view it vi­o­lates Ja­pan’s ter­ri­to­rial wa­ters.

The lat­est in­ci­dent comes at a tense time for the re­gion af­ter Py­ongyang con­ducted its fifth and most pow­er­ful nu­clear test on Septem­ber 9, to the out­rage of its neigh­bours and the in­ter­na­tional community.

Ja­pan, the US and South Korea have asked China to use its lever­age to per­suade Py­ongyang to com­ply with UN sanc­tion res­o­lu­tions.

Ja­pan has rou­tinely com­plained that China is es­ca­lat­ing re­gional ten­sions by reg­u­larly send­ing ships to the is­land chain de­spite re­peated protests from Tokyo.

Yes­ter­day was the first time the Chi­nese ships had sailed into the wa­ters around the tiny is­lands since Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe met Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping last week at the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou, China. –

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