A Japan Coast Guard vessel sails in front of one of the disputed islands in 2013. Photo: Reuters

Beijing-Tokyo distrust lingers as record number of Chinese ships seen near Diaoyu Islands

  • Experts say Prime Minister Abe and President Xi are carefully handling the situation on the disputed archipelago, known in Japan as the Senkaku Islands
  • But one side setting foot on the islands, or an accidental collision between the vessels in the waters surround them, are potential flashpoints
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A Japan Coast Guard vessel sails in front of one of the disputed islands in 2013. Photo: Reuters
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.