Photo gallery: Lighthouse raises tensions with China & Japan

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(AP Photo/Kyodo News)

A Japanese Maritime Safety Agency patrol boat cruises around the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea Wednesday, Sept. 25, 1996 as a ship chartered by Hong Kong protesters is heading towards the area in support of Chinese claim to the islands.

In March 2012, Japan renamed completed naming the disputed islands. China responded by given the islands its own names.

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