Ten activists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan attempted to claim the Diaoyu Islands in the East China
Sea. Their attempt to land on an island was thwarted by the Japanese coast guard, who rammed their boat until they turned back.
The islands are claimed by China, Japan and Taiwan. While the islands themselves are rocky and uninhabited, the
surrounding waters are rich in fish and other seafood. The Chinese government insisted
that the way for the fish hungry neighbors to solve the issue of the islands was through
negotiation. Japan took control of the islands in 1895.