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Japan PM to boost coast security amid China row
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 29, 2012


Japan says four Chinese ships in disputed waters
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 28, 2012 - Four Chinese maritime surveillance ships were spotted in territorial waters around disputed Tokyo-controlled islands on Sunday, Japan's coastguard said.

The ships entered Japan's 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the East China Sea islands at around 0200 GMT and sailed out to the contiguous zone after a few hours, the coastguard said.

It said the Chinese ships were not the same as those which spent several hours on Thursday in territorial waters around the islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing. That incursion provoked a strong protest by Japan.

The so-called contiguous zone is an area that extends a further 12 nautical miles beyond the territorial waters.

China's state news agency Xinhua, citing the country's State Oceanic Administration, said the vessels were engaged in "routine patrols and law enforcement activities" in the waters.

It said the Chinese fleet told the Japanese coastguard ships to "immediately leave China's territory", while monitoring them "for the purpose of collecting evidence of infringement on China's sovereignty".

Tensions have risen in recent months over the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, which lie in rich fishing grounds. The seabed in the area is also believed to harbour mineral reserves.

Tokyo and Beijing are reportedly preparing for talks on the row which has hit multi-billion dollar trade ties between Asia's two largest economies.

Japan will "strengthen security" around its coasts, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Monday, as Chinese ships again plied waters near disputed islands.

"While observing the pacifism that is a pillar of our constitution... I will make efforts in strengthening security in surrounding sea areas," Noda said in a policy speech to parliament.

"It is unmistakable that the security environment surrounding Japan is becoming more serious than ever. Various events touching on territorial and sovereign rights are occurring," he said.

The comments came after Japan said on Friday that it will spend 17 billion yen ($213 million) to beef up its coastguard, as maritime confrontations continue over an archipelago in the East China Sea.

"With an unflagging resolve, I will carry out the function of protecting territorial lands and waters... while observing international law," said Noda.

On Sunday, four Chinese maritime surveillance ships were spotted in territorial waters around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, which China claims as the Diaoyus.

On Monday Chinese vessels were in the so-called contiguous zone, a band of waters that stretches 12 nautical miles from the edge of a state's territorial waters.

Chinese vessels have moved in and out of what Japan says is its sovereign territory over the last nearly two months since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands.

As well as the potential mineral reserves to which ownership of the islands grants access, both countries have considerable amounts of national pride at stake in the decades-old spat.

The dispute has hit the huge trade relationship between the two largest economies in the region and senior representatives from both governments are reportedly readying for a third round of talks on the issue.

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