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International relations

China puts coast guard under military command

Japan watches for stronger incursions tied to East China Sea island row

A Chinese coast guard vessel briefly entered Japanese territorial waters around the southern island of Okinoshima in July 2017. (Photo courtesy of Japan's 7th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters)   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- China placed its coast guard under the authority of its military on Sunday, a move that risks heightening tensions with Japan over the frequent forays by those vessels around territory claimed by both countries.

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