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Ahead of Xi's visit, Japan troubled by Senkaku incursions

China sends record number of vessels to Japanese-held islands in 2019

The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea: Chinese government vessels entered the waters immediately surrounding the islands a record 1,021 times this year.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China sent a record number of ships to areas near the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands this year, a troubling trend that could raise tensions between the two countries ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping's anticipated state visit next year.

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