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A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship (L) fires water cannons near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012. Several dozen fishing boats from Taiwan sailed near the Tiaoyutai Islands to assert local fishermen's rights to operate in what they described as their traditional fishing grounds, according to local media....more

A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship (L) fires water cannons near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012. Several dozen fishing boats from Taiwan sailed near the Tiaoyutai Islands to assert local fishermen's rights to operate in what they described as their traditional fishing grounds, according to local media. REUTERS/Central News Agency/Handout

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A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship (L) is seen next to a Japanese Coast Guard ship near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Central News Agency/Handout

A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship (L) is seen next to a Japanese Coast Guard ship near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Central News Agency/Handout

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A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship (L) is seen next to a Japanese Coast Guard ship near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Central News Agency/Handout

A Taiwanese Coast Guard ship (L) is seen next to a Japanese Coast Guard ship near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012. REUTERS/Central News Agency/Handout

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A fishing boat from Taiwan sails near the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, in this handout photo taken by the Japan Coast Guard September 25, 2012. REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout

A fishing boat from Taiwan sails near the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, in this handout photo taken by the Japan Coast Guard September 25, 2012. REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout

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Several dozen fishing boats set off to the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, from Suao port in Ilan County, northeastern Taiwan, September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Several dozen fishing boats set off to the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, from Suao port in Ilan County, northeastern Taiwan, September 24, 2012. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

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An activist shouts slogans during an anti-Japan protest in Taipei September 23, 2012. The placard in the background reads, "Everyone defends Diaoyutai together." REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

An activist shouts slogans during an anti-Japan protest in Taipei September 23, 2012. The placard in the background reads, "Everyone defends Diaoyutai together." REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

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A man, wearing a shirt with the Japanese national flag and Rising Sun flag printed on it, takes part in an anti-China rally in Tokyo September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A man, wearing a shirt with the Japanese national flag and Rising Sun flag printed on it, takes part in an anti-China rally in Tokyo September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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Policemen stand guard outside the main entrance of the Japanese embassy in Beijing September 19, 2012 which remains covered in paint and eggs that were thrown by demonstrators during anti-Japan protests yesterday. REUTERS/David Gray

Policemen stand guard outside the main entrance of the Japanese embassy in Beijing September 19, 2012 which remains covered in paint and eggs that were thrown by demonstrators during anti-Japan protests yesterday. REUTERS/David Gray

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A member of the Chinese community in Romania holds a placard during an anti-Japan protest in Bucharest September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

A member of the Chinese community in Romania holds a placard during an anti-Japan protest in Bucharest September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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Members of the Chinese community in Romania, with stickers of the Chinese flag stuck on their faces, shout slogans during an anti-Japan protest in Bucharest September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Members of the Chinese community in Romania, with stickers of the Chinese flag stuck on their faces, shout slogans during an anti-Japan protest in Bucharest September 18, 2012. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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Fishing boats are seen departing from Shenjiawan port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province towards the East China Sea fishing grounds, September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

Fishing boats are seen departing from Shenjiawan port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province towards the East China Sea fishing grounds, September 17, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer

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Protesters hold up Japan's national flags at an anti-China rally, attended by about 30 demonstrators, in Tokyo September 18, 2012. The signs read, "Protect Senkaku's submarine resources". REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Protesters hold up Japan's national flags at an anti-China rally, attended by about 30 demonstrators, in Tokyo September 18, 2012. The signs read, "Protect Senkaku's submarine resources". REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A photo illustration shows a graphic depicting a Chinese national flag flying atop of the disputed islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, being seen on the front page of Chinese search engine website Baidu, on a computer screen in Beijing, September 18, 2012. The Chinese characters below the graphic read, "Diaoyu Islands belong to China!" REUTERS/Stringer

A photo illustration shows a graphic depicting a Chinese national flag flying atop of the disputed islands, called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China, being seen on the front page of Chinese search engine website Baidu, on a computer screen in Beijing, September 18, 2012. The Chinese characters below the graphic read, "Diaoyu Islands belong to China!" REUTERS/Stringer

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Demonstrators damage a windows glass for Japanese Seibu department stores during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase disputed islands, which Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu, in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Demonstrators damage a windows glass for Japanese Seibu department stores during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase disputed islands, which Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu, in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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A demonstrator yells slogans as the police block protesters from accessing the American consulate, during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in Chengdu September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A demonstrator yells slogans as the police block protesters from accessing the American consulate, during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in Chengdu September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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A Chinese flag was pasted on a shield by a demonstrator during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase disputed islands, which Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu, in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A Chinese flag was pasted on a shield by a demonstrator during a protest against Japan's decision to purchase disputed islands, which Japan calls the Senkaku and China calls the Diaoyu, in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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Protesters shout slogans at a march denouncing South Korea and China in Tokyo September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Protesters shout slogans at a march denouncing South Korea and China in Tokyo September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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Protesters burn Japanese flags during a protest against Japan's purchase of the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Protesters burn Japanese flags during a protest against Japan's purchase of the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing September 15, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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A Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 66 cruises in waters about 36 km (22 miles) off Kuba island, part of the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in Japan, Diaoyu islands in China, in this handout photo by Japan Coast Guard's 11th Regional Coast Guard headquarters September 14, 2012. REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout

A Chinese surveillance ship Haijian No. 66 cruises in waters about 36 km (22 miles) off Kuba island, part of the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in Japan, Diaoyu islands in China, in this handout photo by Japan Coast Guard's 11th Regional Coast Guard headquarters September 14, 2012. REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout

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Demonstrators holding banners and Chinese flags chant slogans as they protest against Japan's purchase of the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands outside the Japanese embassy, in Beijing September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Demonstrators holding banners and Chinese flags chant slogans as they protest against Japan's purchase of the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands outside the Japanese embassy, in Beijing September 13, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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Workers from a Japanese restaurant, located near the Japanese embassy, smile at a customer as she walks through their entrance past Chinese national in Beijing September 14, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Workers from a Japanese restaurant, located near the Japanese embassy, smile at a customer as she walks through their entrance past Chinese national in Beijing September 14, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

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Workers on the city government of Tokyo's survey vessel prepare to survey around a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea September 2, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

Workers on the city government of Tokyo's survey vessel prepare to survey around a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea September 2, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

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Workers on the city government of Tokyo's survey vessel look at a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea September 2, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

Workers on the city government of Tokyo's survey vessel look at a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea September 2, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

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The city government of Tokyo's survey staff's boat sails around a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea, in this picture taken by Tokyo Metropolitan Government on September 2, 2012. REUTERS/TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT/Handout

The city government of Tokyo's survey staff's boat sails around a group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea, in this picture taken by Tokyo Metropolitan Government on September 2, 2012. REUTERS/TOKYO METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT/Handout

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Activists who travelled on fishing vessel "Kai Fung No. 2" to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, chant slogans during a protest towards the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong August 24, 2012. The words on the yellow banner read "Down with Japanese militarism". REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Activists who travelled on fishing vessel "Kai Fung No. 2" to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, chant slogans during a protest towards the Japanese Consulate in Hong Kong August 24, 2012. The words on the yellow banner read "Down with Japanese militarism". REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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Members (R) of a Japanese nationalist group land on Uotsuri island, part of the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

Members (R) of a Japanese nationalist group land on Uotsuri island, part of the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

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Chief commander Lo Chau (R) is greeted by lawmaker Lau Kong-wah from the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, after returning from the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands on the fishing vessel "Kai Fung No. 2" upon arrival in Hong Kong August 22, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Chief commander Lo Chau (R) is greeted by lawmaker Lau Kong-wah from the pro-China Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong, after returning from the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands on the fishing vessel "Kai Fung No. 2" upon arrival in Hong Kong August 22, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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Supporters applaud as Hong Kong fishing vessel "Kai Fung No. 2", which went to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, docks at a public pier at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour August 22, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

Supporters applaud as Hong Kong fishing vessel "Kai Fung No. 2", which went to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands, docks at a public pier at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour August 22, 2012. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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The disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, are seen from a fishing boat as a Japanese national flag flutters August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

The disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, are seen from a fishing boat as a Japanese national flag flutters August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Meyers

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Protesters, carrying a Chinese national flag, shout slogans during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Protesters, carrying a Chinese national flag, shout slogans during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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Police arrest protesters during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Police arrest protesters during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, south China's Guangdong province August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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A protester holds a placard during an anti-Japan protest in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Alvin Chan

A protester holds a placard during an anti-Japan protest in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Alvin Chan

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A protester destroys an overturned Japanese-brand police car with an metal rod during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Keita Van

A protester destroys an overturned Japanese-brand police car with an metal rod during an anti-Japan protest in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, August 19, 2012. REUTERS/Keita Van

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A man watches as activists on a fishing boat depart for the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands between Japan and China, in Hong Kong August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A man watches as activists on a fishing boat depart for the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyu islands between Japan and China, in Hong Kong August 12, 2012. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship sails around a fishing boat (R) carrying activists from the Hong Kong-based "Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands" near the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan or Diaoyu in China, in this handout photo taken by the Japan Coast Guard August 15, 2012. REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship sails around a fishing boat (R) carrying activists from the Hong Kong-based "Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands" near the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku in Japan or Diaoyu in China, in this handout photo taken by the Japan Coast Guard August 15, 2012. REUTERS/11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters-Japan Coast Guard/Handout

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A protester burns a drawing of a Japanese national flag outside a building where the Japanese Consulate is located in Hong Kong August 15, 2012, after a group of Chinese activists were detained by Japanese authorities when they landed on an island chain disputed with Japan on Wednesday. Chinese characters on the protest banners read "Japan release activists". REUTERS/Bobby Yip

A protester burns a drawing of a Japanese national flag outside a building where the Japanese Consulate is located in Hong Kong August 15, 2012, after a group of Chinese activists were detained by Japanese authorities when they landed on an island chain disputed with Japan on Wednesday. Chinese characters on the protest banners read "Japan release activists". REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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A police officer gestures as a protester (L) throws a traffic cone towards the Japanese embassy, during a protest against the arrests of 14 activists, in Beijing August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A police officer gestures as a protester (L) throws a traffic cone towards the Japanese embassy, during a protest against the arrests of 14 activists, in Beijing August 16, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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A Japanese Coast Guard ship (C) attempts to stop a Taiwan Coast Guard ship as it escorts a Taiwanese fishing boat near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, in this handout picture taken July 4, 2012. REUTERS/Taiwan Coast Guard/Handout

A Japanese Coast Guard ship (C) attempts to stop a Taiwan Coast Guard ship as it escorts a Taiwanese fishing boat near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, in this handout picture taken July 4, 2012. REUTERS/Taiwan Coast Guard/Handout

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A protester in the traditional costume Kimono shouts slogans during an anti-Chinese march in Tokyo October 16, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A protester in the traditional costume Kimono shouts slogans during an anti-Chinese march in Tokyo October 16, 2010. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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A protester holds a placard during a rally at Tokyo's Shibuya district in October 2, 2010. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A protester holds a placard during a rally at Tokyo's Shibuya district in October 2, 2010. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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Japan Coast Guard patrol vessels chase a boat (bottom) carrying activists from Taiwan near the disputed islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu in China, September 14, 2010. REUTERS/Japan Coast Guard/Handout

Japan Coast Guard patrol vessels chase a boat (bottom) carrying activists from Taiwan near the disputed islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku isles in Japan and Diaoyu in China, September 14, 2010. REUTERS/Japan Coast Guard/Handout

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A Japanese Coast Guard ship (C, back) moves in front of a vessel carrying Taiwan activists and reporters near the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles (background) in Japan and what China calls the Diaoyutai and Taiwan, the Tiaoyutai, June 16, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

A Japanese Coast Guard ship (C, back) moves in front of a vessel carrying Taiwan activists and reporters near the disputed islands in the East China Sea, known as the Senkaku isles (background) in Japan and what China calls the Diaoyutai and Taiwan, the Tiaoyutai, June 16, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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