The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands.
Four China ships in disputed zone, says report
Agence France Presse in Tokyo
Four Chinese coastguard ships on Friday entered disputed waters near East China Sea islands at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo, according to a report.
Jiji press said the ships entered waters around Uotsurijima, one of the five islands Japan claims as the Senkakus and China as the Diaoyus around 8.15 pm, staying there for two hours.
The incursion came as Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to reset dangerously frayed ties between Asia’s two largest economies as they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Russia.
It was the latest in a series of forays by Chinese ships in a year-long spat between Tokyo and Beijing that has sent relations plummeting.
The islands - believed to harbour vast natural resources below their seabed - are seen as a potential flashpoint that some observers fear could lead to armed conflict between the Asian giants.