This Japan Coast Guard picture shows a Chinese ship cruising near the disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP This Japan Coast Guard picture shows a Chinese ship cruising near the disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP
This Japan Coast Guard picture shows a Chinese ship cruising near the disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP

Japan says China ships spotted close to disputed islands

Japanese coastguard sights ships from China in area around disputed islands as Tokyo conducts naval drills

This Japan Coast Guard picture shows a Chinese ship cruising near the disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP This Japan Coast Guard picture shows a Chinese ship cruising near the disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP
This Japan Coast Guard picture shows a Chinese ship cruising near the disputed islands in the East China Sea earlier this month. Photo: AFP
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