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International relations

China's fishing suspension near disputed islands in East China Sea ends

Concern rises that Beijing may send inordinate number of vessels

A Chinese fishing vessel seen next to Filipino fishing boats at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in 2017.    © Reuters

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A Chinese-set suspension of fishing in the East China Sea ended Sunday, sparking concern that Beijing may send an inordinate number of government and fishing vessels into or near the disputed Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands.

Some foreign affairs experts, however, said tensions are unlikely to intensify in the waters this year, given that Chinese local authorities have instructed fishermen not to sail within 30 nautical miles, or 56 kilometers, of the uninhabited islets.

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