facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

China: Patrol in disputed waters normal

Oct. 31, 2012 at 8:27 AM   |   Comments

BEIJING, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The expulsion of Japanese boats sailing near islands caught in a China-Japan dispute was to show China's jurisdiction over the islands, China's government said.

Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Wednesday Chinese marine surveillance vessels conduct "regular patrols and law enforcement" in waters surrounding the islands, claimed by both countries, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

A statement issued by China's Oceanic Administration indicated four marine surveillance ships intercepted the Japanese vessels Tuesday while on patrol. Besides taking photographs to document their presence, the fleet radioed the Japanese vessels to emphasize China's sovereignty over the islands and the waters around them.

The number and type of vessels were not reported.

Tensions between Japan and China over competing claims to the islands have worsened since September when the Japanese government announced the nationalization of the islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. There have been violent protests in China against Japan's claims, and the Chinese navy has been dispatching surveillance ships to the region, drawing strong Japanese protests.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks U.S. Air Force orders more RQ-4 Global Hawks
2
Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos
3
Kirsten Gillibrand: I don't know who called me 'porky' Kirsten Gillibrand: I don't know who called me 'porky'
4
Lobbyist Thomas 'Tommy' Boggs dies of heart attack
5
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback