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ICG reports on Diaoyutai boat protest by fishermen

TAIPEI--The Belgium-based International Crisis Group (ICG) mentioned Taiwanese fishing boats' recent protest near the disputed Diaoyutai Islands and the subsequent standoff between Taiwanese and Japanese Coast Guard vessels in its October issue of Crisis Watch.

"Dozens of fishing boats from Taiwan, which also claims the islands, sailed into disputed waters under protection of Taiwanese patrol vessels; Japan Coast Guard vessels repelled them with water cannons," said the Crisis Watch report describing the situation in the waters around the island group in the East China Sea on Sept. 25.

The fishermen sailed about 100 nautical miles from Yilan County in Northeast Taiwan to assert their fishing rights in waters surrounding the Diaoyutais and Taiwan's sovereignty over them.

A territorial dispute over the islands, which are claimed by Taiwan, Japan and mainland China, has "erupted into a bilateral crisis between China and Japan," the report stated, with Crisis Watch thus rating China as a country where security issues have deteriorated.

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