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Taiwanese fisherman head for disputed waters

Wally Santana / AP

A fisherman raises a Taiwanese national flag as several dozen fishing boats set out from the Suao harbor, northeastern Taiwan, to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, Monday, Sept. 24. The islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan, and have been a key part of simmering regional tensions over rival territorial claims.

Wally Santana / AP

Several dozen fishing boats flying Taiwan national flags set out from the Suao harbor, northeastern Taiwan, to the disputed islands in the East China Sea, Monday, Sept. 24.

Pichi Chuang / Reuters

Several dozen fishing boats set off to the disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, from Suao port in Ilan County, northeastern Taiwan, Sept. 24.

A group of fishermen aboard as many as 100 boats escorted by 10 Taiwan Coast Guard vessels headed for the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Hoisting Taiwanese flags and armed with crates of eggs, they are concerned about losing valuable fishing grounds as the dispute over the contested islands continues. More from the Financial Times.