Chinese activists arrested by Japan on disputed island

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BEIJING — Regional tempers flared in Asia today — the anniversary of the end of World War II — after Japan arrested more than a dozen Chinese activists who had landed on a disputed island in the East China Sea.

The conflict is the latest in a string of blowups over the disputed island territories and exacerbated tensions on the anniversary of Japan’s surrender in 1945.

The activists, more than a dozen in all, had set out from Hong Kong for the islands — called Diaoyu by the Chinese and Senkaku by Japan. They carried with them five Chinese flags, intending to evade Japanese authorities patrolling the islands and use the flags to claim the territory for China.

Many Chinese activists have embarked on similar forays in recent years, and several have been turned away by Japanese authorities.

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