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China Cancels Event Marking Japanese Ties

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A group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen from the city government of Tokyo's survey vessel in the East China Sea, September 2, 2012.

A group of disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen from the city government of Tokyo's survey vessel in the East China Sea, September 2, 2012.

China has canceled a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Japan.

China's state news agency, Xinhua, says the event has been postponed until what Beijing called a more appropriate time. The ceremony was first due to be held on September 27.

The two nations are engaged in an escalating dispute over a group of small islands in the East China Sea. Both countries claim the islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.
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