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Chinese government ships have been seen near the disputed Senkaku Islands for 65 days in a row as of Wednesday — the longest period since September 2012, when the Japanese government bought some of the tiny islets from private Japanese owners — media reports said.

Japan’s top government spokesman, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, said the same day that Tokyo will take all possible measures to ensure surveillance of the areas around the Japanese-administered islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyu, in the East China Sea.

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