Japan, China clash over islands

Associated Press
Workers at a Japanese restaurant cover up the shop front with Chinese national flags and red clothes ahead of major protests expected on Tuesday in Beijing, China, Monday, Sept. 17, 2012. Chinese are trying to hurt Japan economically for leverage in a bitter dispute over contested islands, turning to angry protests and calls for boycotts of Japanese businesses, abetted in part by China's government.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

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Japanese and Taiwanese ships shot water cannon at each other on Sept. 25 in the latest confrontation over tiny islands in the East China Sea, as Japan met with another rival, China, in an effort to tamp down tensions.

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