facebook
twitter
search
search

New intrusion in Senkaku Island dispute

April 23, 2013 at 3:23 PM

TOKYO, April 23 (UPI) -- Japan's Foreign Ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador Tuesday to lodge a formal protest over the presence of Chinese surveillance vessels in Japanese waters.

The Japanese Coast Guard said eight surveillance vessels entered Japanese territorial waters around the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Kyodo news agency reported.

CNN said the Chinese vessels entered the disputed waters after a group of Japanese activists chartered fishing boats and traveled to the disputed area. Xinhua, the official state news outlet in China, said the Japanese activists were "making trouble."

Japan said it warned the Chinese ships to leave its territorial waters immediately.

The uninhabited islands are under Japanese control but they are also claimed by China, which calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

"It is extremely regrettable and unacceptable that Chinese state ships continue to engage in intrusion," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

Relations between Japan and China have been frayed over conflicting claims to the islands. They were further roiled last week when 170 Japanese lawmakers and several cabinet ministers visited a controversial World War II Japanese memorial on a remote island. China considers the memorial a symbol of Japanese aggression during the war.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Oklahoma Supreme Court denies rehearing, again orders removal of Ten Commandments statue
Plane crash kills four in Wisconsin
North Korea is 'source country' for forced labor, sex trafficking, says report
FDA bans import of some cilantro from Mexico due to feces contamination
Hackers threaten to release Planned Parenthood internal emails