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From front: Minamikojima Island, Kitakojima Island and Uotsuri Island are part of the Senkaku cluster, known as Diaoyu in China.   © Kyodo

China ups ante in East China Sea

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- China has raised the stakes in the dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, crossing what has so far been a red line by sending a naval vessel into a contiguous zone.

A Jiangkai 1-class frigate in the early hours of June 9 made a surprise incursion into the 12-nautical mile (22km) band that stretches from the outer limit of Japan's territorial waters around the Senkakus.

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