China’s Senkaku Crossings: A Decade of Sticking Points with Japan

Tensions remain high on the Japanese-held and Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea as Beijing continues to regularly send ships to nearby waters, Sunday marking 10 years since Tokyo placed most of the islets under state control.

The Senkakus, which China calls the Diaoyu, are a thorny and long-standing issue in bilateral relations. Despite repeated protests from Tokyo, Beijing – which has also aggressively asserted territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea – continues to send ships into the waters around the islands in a bid to alter the status quo.

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