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Disputed islands 'underlying sore' in China Japan relations

Anti-Japanese protests have taken place in cities across China after Japanese nationalists raised their country's flag on disputed islands.

Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World, believes it is an "underlying sore" in the relationships between Japan and China.

He told the Today programme that it is the "biggest single potential flashpoint" in the two countries' relations and because of historical context "it makes it that much more important".

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