AP - Should the escalating spat between Japan and China over disputed islands evolve into a full-blown diplomatic battle, the economic fallout could include derailing delicate talks over developing potentially lucrative undersea gas fields between the two Asian giants.
Russia’s decision to give China a share of prized Arctic exploration licenses as part of a “breakthrough” deal signals how the world’s largest oil and gas producer and the biggest energy consumer are redrawing the global energy map.
China is to carry out a geographical survey of islands in the East China Sea at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan, state media said. The survey of the Diaoyu islands -- known as Senkakus in Japan, which controls them -- was part of a programme to map China's "territorial islands and reefs", the Xinhua news agency said, citing a state geographical agency.
State media say China has suspended ministerial-level exchanges with Japan over a dispute surrounding a Chinese fishing-boat captain arrested after a ship collision near disputed islands. Earlier Sunday, Japan extended the detention of the boat captain.
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe met Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou on Sunday on a trip that may compound the spat between Tokyo and Beijing over disputed islands in the East China Sea.Abe met Ma on Sunday evening after arriving on the inaugural flight of a new route between Haneda airport in Tokyo and Sungshan airport in Taipei, officials said.But it was not clear whether the talks would touch on the island chain in the East China Sea claimed by China, Taiwan and Japan.
By JOE McDONALD
BEIJING (AP) -- China has stepped up customs inspections of goods shipped to and from Japan, slowing trade, logistics companies said Monday, amid a spat over the detention of a Chinese fishing boat captain near disputed islands....
A tense maritime incident Tuesday in which two Japanese patrol vessels and a Chinese fishing boat collided near a disputed island chain triggered a diplomatic spat between the Asian giants.China expressed its "great concern" over the series of two collisions in the East China Sea, while Japan summoned a Chinese diplomat to protest the incident, in which no-one was reported injured and neither vessel sank.
Japan on Wednesday said two Chinese fisheries patrol boats withdrew from waters near a disputed island chain that is at the centre of the worst diplomatic row in years between the Asian giants."The coastguard was using radar to monitor the two vessels," a coastguard spokeswoman said. "They moved away around dawn (on Wednesday) and left the area," she said.Beijing had sent the boats on September 23 to protect Chinese fishing vessels operating near the disputed islands in the East China Sea known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.