Sandwiched: Japanese patrol boats capture Chinese activists as island standoff grows
Japan is considering deporting 14 Chinese activists arrested for landing without authorization on disputed islands in the East China Sea, as harsh criticisms and repeated demands for their release erupted Thursday in China.
The protesters had travelled by boat from Hong Kong to the uninhabited islands controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan.
They were arrested Wednesday after five of them landed on one of the five-island group, known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyu in Chinese. (Photo: AP Photo/Yomiuri Shimbun, Masataka Morita)