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August 18, 2016
Japan protests more Chinese ship 'intrusions'
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 17, 2016
Japan lodged a fresh diplomatic protest with China on Wednesday, accusing the country of again sending its coast guard ships into waters surrounding contested islands in the East China Sea. The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the uninhabited islets and tensions over them have been a frequent irritant between the countries. Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests through diplomatic channels since August 5 over what it says have been 29 intrusions. Those sparked Kenji Kan ... read more

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