Six Chinese surveillance ships have entered watersnear islands claimed by both China and Japan.
China said the ships were carrying out "lawenforcement" to demonstrate its jurisdiction(管辖权) over the islands, known as Diaoyu in China andSenkaku in Japan.
At least two of the vessels left after the Japanesecoast guard issued a warning, Japanese officials say.
The move came after Japan sealed a deal to buy threeof the islands from their private Japanese owner. Japan controls theuninhabited but resource-rich East China Sea islands, which are also claimed byTaiwan.
The Japanese Coast Guard said the first two Chineseboats entered Japan's territorial waters at 06:18 local time (21:18 GMTThursday), followed by another fleet of four other ships just after 07:00. Thefirst two ships then left the area. A third ship left later on Friday morning,one report said. No force was used, Japanese officials added. "Our patrolvessels are currently telling them to leave our country's territorialwaters," the coastguard said in a statement.
The Chinese foreign ministry confirmed that its shipswere there. “These law enforcement and patrol activities are aimed todemonstrate China's jurisdiction over the Diaoyu Islands and its affiliated(附属的) islets and ensure the country's maritime(海事的) interests,” a statement said.
The US has called for ''cooler heads to prevail'' astension intensifies between China and Japan over the islands, which lie southof Okinawa and north of Taiwan. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is due tovisit both Japan and China from this weekend as part of a tour of the regionthat also includes New Zealand.
The dispute has seriously marred diplomatic relationsbetween China and Japan and threatens to damage the strong tradingrelationship, says the BBC's John Sudworth in Beijing. The row(争端) has also generated strong nationalist sentiment onboth sides that observers say now makes it very difficult to be seen to bebacking down, says our correspondent.
The Japanese government says it is buying the islandsto promote their stable and peaceful management. Its move followed a bid byright-wing Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara to buy the islands using publicdonations - an action that would likely have further provoked(触怒) China.
China, on the other hand, says the islands havehistorically been its territory and fishing grounds.
Meanwhile Japan's newly-appointed ambassador to China,Shinichi Nishimiya, remains in hospital in Tokyo after he was found unconsciousnear his home in Tokyo on Thursday. No details have been given on hiscondition. He was appointed on Tuesday to replace Uichiro Niwa, who has beencriticized for his handling of one of the worse diplomatic rows between Japanand China in recent years.
1.The Diaoyu Islands are actually inhabited by .
A. Japan B.China C.America D.Nobody
2.Which of the following is true?
A. Japan fired at the 6 Chinese ships to warn them toleave the waters.
B. China admitted that the 6 ships had been forced toleave the waters.
C. The US called on both sides to calm down.
D. Shinichi Nishimiya was unconscious in the hospitalbecause somebody attacked him.
3.Why was Uichiro Niwa replaced?
A. He is not iron enough in handling the diplomaticrows between Japan and China.
B. His health condition is not good enough to workthere.
C. He didn’t do a good job in dealing with the disputeabout the Diaoyu Islands.
D. He criticized the Chinese government publicly in animproper way.
4.This news report is most likely to be selected fromthe newspaper.
A. British B.Chinese C.Japanese D.American