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China sends patrol ships to disputed islands

Beijing, Sep 12 (): Chinese media said two patrol ships from China have been sent to the disputed islands, which was sealed by Japan in a deal to buy the territory.

Xinhua said, the ships reached the waters of the islands – which are known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan with the aim of asserting “the nation’s sovereignty”.

On Tuesday, Japan confirmed that it had finished signing a contract to purchase three of the disputed islands from its private owner. There is tension brewing between the two countries in the East China Sea.

The disputed islands are uninhabited but are resource-rich islands. Japan controls the islands, at the same time the islands are claimed by China and Taiwan. But now the Japanese government has said it has signed a purchase deal.

Osamu Fujimura, Chief Cabinet Secretary said this deal should not cause any problem for Japan’s relations with other regions and countries. He said that they had completely no desire for any consequences as far as the relationship between Japan-China are concerned. The most important issue is that they should avoid unforeseen problems and misunderstanding.

Mr Fujimura told that Japanese government had put aside about 2.05bn yen ($26m, £16.4m) for the three islands. On Monday, Japan said it was buying the disputed islands to stimulate their peaceful and stable management.

But, China has called Japan’s action as illegal and has warned that such action would affect their ties. The country has sent warnings to Japan and the official media in China said Beijing had sent two patrol ships to confirm its claim.

On Tuesday, Hong Lei, Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Japanese proposal to buy the islands is invalid and illegal. It cannot anyway change the real fact that Japan is looking for to steal these islands.

The islands lie north of Taiwan and south of Okinawa and sit in the key shipping paths and are believed to lie very close to huge gas deposits.