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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan Defends Islands

ABOARD THE YOUHSIN (x) -- A flotilla of Chinese nationalists bent on defying Tokyo's claim to an East China Sea archipelago were thwarted Monday by scores of Japanese patrol boats equally determined to keep them off the islets.

In a show of force that contrasted with Tokyo's meek response to protests last year, Japan deployed 60 coast guard vessels, some armed, and used their superior numbers to keep the 20 Taiwanese and Hong Kong boats at bay.

Organizers called off the protest action after several minor collisions, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said.

Japan restated its claim to what it calls the Senkaku islands -- Taiwan and China claim them as the Diaoyus.