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    Four Chinese ships entered Japanese territorial waters on Sunday near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, the Japan Coast Guard said.

    In this photo released by the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters of Japan, a Chinese coast guard vessel sails near disputed East China Sea islands Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016
    © AP Photo / 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters
    TOKYO (Sputnik) — The uninhabited Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China, have soured relations between Tokyo and Beijing for decades. They are currently controlled by Japan.

    The Japan Coast Guard said that trespassing Chinese vessels stayed in Japanese waters for one-and-a-half hours despite being asked to leave.

    China says that the contiguous islands have been part of its territory since ancient times. Japan argues it has been in control since 1895. The islands were briefly held by the United States and handed over to Japan in 1972.

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