'Armed' Chinese ship near disputed East China Sea isles, Japan says

A Chinese Coast Guard ship which appeared to be armed with several cannons has entered what Tokyo regards as its territorial waters near disputed islands, the Japan Coast Guard says.

Japan and China routinely butt heads over ownership of the uninhabited East China Sea islets, as Chinese ships — mostly coast guard vessels — and aircraft have sometimes approached them to back up Beijing's claims and test Japan's response. [READ MORE]