From AP, via ABC News:
Japanese patrol vessels fired water cannon Sunday at a boat carrying Chinese activists who were protesting Japanese claims to territory in the East China Sea, the activist group said.
A boat carrying the protesters arrived near the five disputed islets known as the Diaoyu Islands in China and Senkaku in Japan on Sunday evening, according to the activists’ group, the Hong Kong-registered China Federation of Defending Diaoyu Islands.
The activists’ spokesman in Beijing, Li Nan, said the boat came to within eight miles of Diaoyu Island.
“The Japanese used water cannon to disperse the boat to around 12 nautical miles (13 miles) away. They are now standing off in the waters,” Li told The Associated Press. [Full Text]
From Kyodo News:
A boat carrying Chinese activists protesting Japan’s control over the disputed Senkaku islets in the East China Sea briefly entered Japan’s territorial waters around the islets Sunday evening, the Japan Coast Guard said.
The vessel, flying a Chinese national flag, entered the Japan-claimed waters at around 6:22 p.m. Japan time but left at around 7:35 p.m. after coast guard ships sent it warnings, according to the coast guard’s branch in Okinawa.
The Hong Kong-based Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, as the islets are known in China, said a boat carrying four activists departed Thursday for the islands from a port on the Chinese mainland. [Full Text]
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