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Pro-China groups could undermine Japan-Taiwan ties

Small, vocal minority squares off with Taiwanese pro-independence factions

Anti-Japanese protesters carry the national flag of the People's Republic of China during a rally in Taipei on July 7.

TAIPEI -- An unsettling scene unfolded on the streets of Taipei during a rally commemorating the 80th anniversary of the event that triggered the Second Sino-Japanese War, the infamous Marco Polo Bridge Incident of July 7, 1937.  Without warning, a number of protesters began hoisting the red, five-starred flag of the People's Republic of China, Taiwan's nemesis.

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