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Japan has lodged a protest with China over an unapproved maritime survey around Okinotori Island, a remote atoll in the western Pacific that Tokyo claims as a base point for its exclusive economic zone in the area, a government source has said.

The Japan Coast Guard detected a Chinese research ship navigating in waters near the tiny island on Dec. 18 last year. The Chinese vessel told Japan’s maritime safety agency that it was “conducting ocean research on the high seas.”

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