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Residents look at an over-turned Japanese-branded car during an anti-Japan protest in Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi province Saturday Sept. 15, 2012. Protests against Japan for its control of disputed islands spread across more than a dozen cities in China and turned violent at times Saturday, with protesters hurling rocks at the Japanese Embassy and clashing with Chinese paramilitary police before order was restored. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

Japan, China clash over islands

Japanese and Taiwanese ships shot water cannon at each other on Sept. 25 in the latest confrontation over tiny islands in the East China Sea, as Japan met with another rival, China, in an effort to tamp down tensions.