Japan summons China’s envoy in latest escalation of tension over disputed islands
News On Japan via New York Times — Jan 09
The Japanese Foreign Ministry summoned China’s ambassador on Tuesday after Chinese ships entered Japanese-controlled waters for 13 hours, a prolonged incursion that seemed to escalate a standoff over a group of disputed islands.
The ministry said the deputy foreign minister, Akitaka Saiki, strongly protested the incursion on Monday by four Chinese surveillance ships near the islands, known as the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. The uninhabited island chain, near Okinawa, has been controlled by Japan for decades but is also claimed by China and Taiwan.The Chinese ambassador, Cheng Yonghua, responded by saying the islands belong to China and that Japanese ships had no right to be there, the ministry said.
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