A Japanese vessel marks a Chinese surveillance boat passing near the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Kyodo
A Japanese vessel marks a Chinese surveillance boat passing near the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Kyodo

Japan in ‘impossible situation’ over Diaoyu visit request, after Blinken blasts Chinese ‘aggression’

  • Tokyo faces a no-win situation after local government officials in Ishigaki asked for permission to visit the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands
  • The islands are at the centre of a Japan-China territorial dispute that has been dragged into a wider battle for influence between Beijing and Washington

A Japanese vessel marks a Chinese surveillance boat passing near the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Kyodo
A Japanese vessel marks a Chinese surveillance boat passing near the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Kyodo
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