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A group formed to assert Chinese sovereignty over a group of Japanese-controlled islets in the East China Sea will send boats there next week from Hong Kong and Taiwan, an organizer said Wednesday.

“We plan to depart on Aug. 12 and arrive in the sea area of the Diaoyu Islands on Aug. 15 to protest against Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s possible visit to the Yasukuni Shrine,” Or Wah, head of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands, told reporters. Japan calls the islands the Senkakus.

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