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Al Jazeera English | Jan 24
The East China Sea islands dispute that many fear could spark war between China and Japan is no longer a two-sided dispute. Taiwan has become incre...
This week marked the 67th anniversary of the end of World War Two. As in previous years, the memory of the war opened old wounds. Japan's neighbors, particularly South Korea and China, feel that Tokyo still hasn't shown enough remorse over the Japanese Army's brutality throughout the conflict.
This year, those grievances became intertwined with territorial disputes. A group of Chinese activists from Hong Kong sailed north to uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. Their ship was intercepted by the Japanese coast guard upon reaching the Senkakus. Five of the activists managed to land on one island and plant the Chinese flag. They, along with nine others aboard the ship, were detained by the Japanese, causing protests by China and Taiwan, both of which also claim the islands. The argument over territory ramped up earlier this summer, when the Japanese government said that it was going to buy some of the islands from their private owners and officially make them Japanese territory.
News reports from Tokyo say that Japan has deported the 14 Chinese. The government didn't want relations with Beijing to deteriorate further.