China angered by islands move
on 11/09/2012 10:32:36
China's official Xinhua News Agency said two patrol ships of the China Marine Surveillance reached the waters off the islands today.
The marine agency is a paramilitary force whose ships are often lightly armed, and Xinhua said it had drawn up a plan of action to safeguard China's sovereignty of the islands.
Beijing warned yesterday that Japan would suffer unspecified consequences if Tokyo purchased the islands from private owners, as it formally did today.
Japan already controls the islands, known to Japanese as the Senkakus and to Chinese as the Diaoyus, but Beijing sees the purchase as a further affront to its claims.