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Chinese boat sinks in waters near disputed islets

A number of Chinese fishermen are missing after a trawler sank in waters near a group of islands disputed with Japan in the East China Sea, state media said on Friday.

BEIJING: A number of Chinese fishermen are missing after a trawler sank in waters near a group of islands disputed with Japan in the East China Sea, state media said on Friday.

The incident happened on Friday morning near the islands which China calls the Diaoyus and Japan the Senkakus, the official Xinhua news agency said.

"The cause of the accident is yet to be known. Two Chinese naval rescue vessels are heading to the scene," it said in a brief dispatch.

The dispute over Diaoyus/Senkakus, where Chinese and Japanese ships regularly engage in a cat-and-mouse game, has raised fears of a clash between Asia's biggest powers that could even drag in the United States. 

China also claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims to parts from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.


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