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Japan to set up special unit to defend disputed Diaoyu Islands

Japan to set up special unit to defend disputed Diaoyu Islands

Japan has made a decision to set up a special-purpose coastguard unit comprising 12 naval ships that would guard the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

According to the Tokyo-based media, the unit will also comprise some 400 servicemen of Japan’s Maritime Self-Defence Force, which is seen both as a border-guard and rescue service.

The conflict between Tokyo and Beijing was drastically aggravated when the Japanese Cabinet "bought out" several islands from private Japanese owners in September last year.

Chinese patrol ships have since repeatedly entered the water area near the islands.

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