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After using water cannon to turn around a flotilla of Taiwanese fishing and Coast Guard vessels on Sept. 26, 2012, the Japanese Coast Guard has shown increasingly vigilance in defending the waters off of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

How to Navigate the East China Sea Dispute between Japan and China

| April 18, 2014

"...[T]he best we can aim for is to revive the wisdom of the original Zhou-Tanaka formula. One way of doing this, as some have suggested, might be to declare the islands a maritime ecological preserve dedicated to the larger good of the region. There would be no habitation and no military use of the islands or the surrounding seas. Ideally, China and Japan would agree, but that may be unlikely in the current climate. Other mechanisms could be explored to produce the same end."