By Mei Jingya, Sina English
Japan summoned the Chinese ambassador Wednesday after a report said three Chinese fisheries administration ships patrolling waters near Diaoyu Islands.
The Chinese vessels, Yuzheng 35001, Yuzheng 204 and Yuzheng 202, reportedly approached waters around the islands in the East China Sea early Wednesday in defiance of Japan Coast Guard’s warning and left shortly after 8 am.
Japan’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Kenichiro Sasae then summoned the Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua to express protests.
Cheng immediately rebuffed Japan’s protests and reiterated China’s position on the issue, saying “Diaoyu Islands and surrounding waters are an integral part of Chinese territory.”
In a separate report, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba held one-to-one talks with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Wednesday in the Cambodia capital of Phnom Penh one day before the regional security forum.