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.
Briefs, February 25, 2013
Japan alleges incursion by three Chinese ships
Japan said three Chinese surveillance ships entered its territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands. The three ships entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial zone off Uotsuri, part of the island chain known as the Diaoyus in China and the Senkakus in Japan, shortly before 1pm, the Japan Coast Guard said. It said the ships left the zone after about three hours. The incident came hours after Japan said a Chinese fisheries patrol boat briefly entered territorial waters off another disputed island. AFP
Hun Sen plans April visit to strengthen ties
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says he will pay an official visit to Beijing in April to meet the new leadership. "We will intensify our bilateral co-operation in economics, trade, investment, and other fields, especially tourism," he said. Some 333,900 Chinese tourists visited Cambodia last year, a 35 per cent rise on 2011. Xinhua