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Japan: Chinese ships in territorial waters

Jan. 19, 2013 at 2:22 AM

NAHA, Japan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Three Chinese surveillance ships Saturday entered Japan's territorial waters near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, Japan's coast guard said.

The 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa prefecture said a coast guard vessel had been directing the Chinese ships to leave the area since they appeared at about 9 a.m.

Chinese ships were last seen in the area Jan. 8, Kyodo News reported.

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