Taiwan Joins Pacific Islands Battle

    In this photo released by Central News Agency, a Taiwanese Coast Guard patrol boat escorts a smaller Taiwanese fishing boat near the disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. On Tuesday morning, about 50 Taiwanese fishing boats accompanied by 10 Taiwanese surveillance ships came within almost 20 kilometers (about 12 miles) of the disputed islands - within what Japan considers to be its territorial waters. (AP Photo/Central News Agency) TAIWAN OUT

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    The battle between China and Japan over a group of East China Sea islands continues as Taiwan enters the mix. Taiwanese fishing boats, backed by eight of the Taiwanese Coast Guard Administration ships, approached the disputed islands Tuesday, only to be greeted by martial fire from Japanese Coast Guard vessels. China’s and Japan’s foreign ministers spent a little time discussing the dispute among themselves while at the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday. Taiwan’s recent attempt to also claim ownership over the islands is considered good news by the Chinese, who think Taiwan will eventually be reunited with the mainland. Earlier this week, Chinese ships entered the disputed water, sparking an official protest from Japan.

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