A boat, centre, is surrounded by Japan Cost Guard patrol boats after some activists jumped from the boat on 15 August, 2012
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Japan frees Chinese arrested in island dispute‎

Japan has freed 14 Chinese activists who sailed to a group of islands that both countries claim to own.

The activists sailed to the islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from Hong Kong in a protest aimed at promoting Chinese sovereignty.

Some were deported, while others agreed to sail back.

The islands are the subject of a long-running sovereignty dispute.

Tim Allman reports

  • 18 Aug 2012