Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said Tokyo would boost its Coast Guard budget and add more patrol craft, as a long-simmering dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea heats up.
“Since the fall of 2012, Chinese government vessels have sailed near the Senkakus almost daily, and have entered Japan’s territorial waters around the islands a few times a month,” Abe told his ministers.
The disputed islands are known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyu in China. They are administered by Japan but are claimed by China — a perennial source of friction for two neighbors still harboring scars from World War II.
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