Japan eyes portable harbours to defend islands in East China Sea

Particular tension has arisen over the Senkakus – five uninhabited islets and three barren rocks – located about 170km northeast of Taiwan. Diplomatic and legal arguments have been going on over their ownership since the end of the Second World War, and there are regular stand-offs between Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese naval forces and fishing boats, as well as test missiles and drone incursions from China.

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