China urges Japanese vessels leave Diaoyu waters

Updated: 2013-04-17 16:59


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BEIJING - Chinese marine surveillance ships patrolled waters surrounding the Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said on Wednesday.

A fleet consisting of the Haijian 51, Haijian 23 and Haijian 46 declared to Japanese ships in the area that the Diaoyu Islands are part of Chinese territory and urged them to immediately leave the waters, according to the SOA.