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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - Four Chinese patrol ships have entered the Japanese waters surrounding the disputed Senkaku islands, the Kyodo news agency reported on Wednesday.

    This the 30th time Chinese ships have entered that part of Japan's territorial waters this year, according to Kyodo. One of the vessels is reported to be equipped with an automatic cannon.

    In recent years, Tokyo voiced concern regarding Beijing's activities in the region, especially with regard to the disputed Senkaku islands, known in China as the Diaoyudao islands and claimed by Beijing to be Chinese territory.

    In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 file photo, Japanese Coast Guard boat and vessel sail alongside Japanese activists' fishing boat, not in photo, warning the activists away from a group of disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan
    © AP Photo / Emily Wang, File
    In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 file photo, Japanese Coast Guard boat and vessel sail alongside Japanese activists' fishing boat, not in photo, warning the activists away from a group of disputed islands called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku by Japan
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    Senkaku Islands, Senkaku Islands, disputed territories, disputed territory, disputed islands, disputed waters, China, Japan
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