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Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AFP

Abe demands apology from Beijing as maritime dispute deepens

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday demanded an apology from China after Beijing accused Tokyo of "hyping up the so-called China threat theory" when it released details of two military incidents that sparked a fresh round of angry exchanges.

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