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Taiwan activist boat sets sail for Senkakus.

HONG KONG, Oct. 19 Kyodo

Taiwanese activists set sail Friday night on a boat towards the string of islands in the East China Sea controlled by Japan but also claimed by China and Taiwan, an affiliated Hong Kong group said.

Tsang Kin-shing, a member of the Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands who landed on one of the islets last year to declare Chinese sovereignty with a few other activists, said a boat left Taiwan's Keelung port Friday night and is expected to reach one of the islands early Saturday.

The islands are called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyu in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan.

"No one from Hong Kong or mainland China is on board, they were all Taiwanese," Tsang said.

According to the group's Facebook account, the boat departed around 7:30 p.m. It did not mention how many people were onboard.

Japanese and Chinese coast guard vessels have been patrolling the area while both claimed the other intrude its territory.
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Date:Oct 21, 2013
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