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Taiwan Quick Take: Chinese set sail for Diaoyus

STAFF WRITER WITH AGENCIES

A group of anti-Japanese activists from Hong Kong, China and overseas will set sail this weekend to a string of hotly disputed South China Seas islands claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan, organizers said yesterday. The Hong Kong-based Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands said the trip was aimed at marking the 10th anniversary of the first expedition by people from Hong Kong to lay claim to the islands for China. It was also intended to honor the death of activist David Chan (陳毓祥), who drowned in September 1996 after jumping overboard when his protest ship was blocked by a Japanese coast guard flotilla near the islands. The archipelago in the South China Sea is called the Diaoyus by the Chinese but the Senkakus by Japan, which has nominal control of the chain. Ko said the ship would set sail on Sunday afternoon and was expected to arrive in the area on Wednesday morning when activists are to be joined by two ships from Taiwan. The committee has not decided how long the expedition, which will cost HK$330,000 (US$42,000), will last. Ko said if possible, they will try to make landfall on the island chain with the help of a speed boat and several water jet-skis.

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