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    Several Chinese coastguard vessels are patrolling the waters near a disputed group of islands in the East China Sea, a local broadcaster reported Sunday.

    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
    BEIJING (Sputnik) – According to the CCTV channel, the vessels are sailing near the islands known as the Diaoyutai Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan.

    Earlier in the day, the Japan Coast Guard said that four Chinese ships entered Japanese territorial waters near the Senkaku Islands. The Coast Guard said that trespassing Chinese vessels stayed in Japanese waters for one-and-a-half hours despite being asked to leave.

    The uninhabited Senkaku islands have soured relations between Tokyo and Beijing for decades. They are currently controlled by Japan.

    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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