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China ships in disputed waters

China sent its ships into territorial waters around disputed islands yesterday, in the first incursion since Japan elected a new government.

The move is a setback to hopes in Tokyo that Beijing might use the poll as a chance for a fresh start after months of bitter wrangling and rhetoric over an issue that neither side is prepared to budge on.

Japan's coastguard said three surveillance vessels were inside the 12-nautical mile band around the Tokyo-controlled Senkakus, which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, with a fisheries patrol ship logged in adjacent waters.

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