TOKYO: Japan protested to China on Thursday after spotting a Chinese warship for the first time near disputed islands in the East China Sea. Japanese officials said a Chinese navy frigate was seen off the coast of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, also claimed by China and called the Diaoyu islands. While Chinese coast guard vessels routinely patrol the area, it was the first time a Chinese warship was spotted, officials said. Japan is also investigating the presence of three Russian warships in the area at about the same time.
First Published: Jun 10, 2016 11:12 IST