Chinese naval vessels are pictured participating in a drill on the East China Sea, China, on 1 August 2016China Daily/via REUTERS
IBTimes: Japan protests after huge fleet of Chinese vessels enter disputed waters in East China Sea
Japan said three of Beijing's coast guard vessels appeared to be armed and demanded that China leave the area.
Japan has reportedly lodged a new protest with China after spotting six Chinese coastguard ships, along with a fleet of nearly 230 fishing vessels that approached its territory in the disputed waters in East China Sea. Japan's foreign ministry has said that Beijing sailed closed to what it considers to be Japanese-controlled islands, dubbed Senkaku.
Tokyo is demanding that the ships leave its area in the hotly contested waters, and claimed that three of Beijing's coast guard vessels appeared to be armed, Reuters reported. China, which also has overlapping sovereign claims in the East China Sea, calls the same island Diaoyu.
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WNU Editor: This is a major escalation.
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