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Taiwanese activists sailing to Diaoyu Islands

Taiwanese activists sailing to Diaoyu Islands

A fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists is sailing towards the cluster of uninhabited islands of Diaoyu in the East China Sea.

The trawler is being escorted by four Taiwan Coast Guard vessels.

The activists said they are trying to bring the statute of Matsu, the Chinese goddess of the sea, to one of the islands so that Taiwanese can visit there to pray for the safely of Taiwanese fishermen operating in the area.

The relations between China and Japan have been strained in recent months after the Japanese government "purchased" three of the five main islands in the Diaoyu group from their "owner" and placed them under state control.

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