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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An aerial view of Mageshima island, which the Japanese government has bought. Photo: Wikipedia

Japan buys Mageshima island for US$146 million to conduct military drills with US

  • Planned development reflects Tokyo’s revised security doctrine and determination to protect scattered islands off its most southerly prefecture
  • New base could be used to defend the Diaoyu Islands, which are known in Japan as the Senkakus and are the focus of a territorial dispute with China
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An aerial view of Mageshima island, which the Japanese government has bought. Photo: Wikipedia
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