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East China Sea dispute

Although anger surrounding the island issue appears to have reached a whole new level, tensions have been building up for weeks. Protesters and governments have been gradually ratcheting up the hosility.

The survey ship Koyo Maru, left, chartered by Tokyo city officials, sails around Minamikojima, foreground, Kitakojima, middle right, and Uotsuri, background, the tiny islands in the East China Sea, called Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. Tokyo city officials planning to buy the islands at the center of a longtime territorial dispute with China surveyed the area Sunday on a visit meant to send a message of ownership. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

Japan China Inselgruppe Senkaku

Although anger surrounding the island issue appears to have reached a whole new level, tensions have been building up for weeks. Protesters and governments have been gradually ratcheting up the hosility.

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