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.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese fighter jets scrambled against Chinese planes a record number of times in April-December, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, as Sino-Japanese ties are strained by an island spat and disputes stemming from Tokyo's wartime past.
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.
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.
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.
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....
US and Japanese fighter jets on Tuesday carried out joint air exercises, an official said, days after Chinese and Japanese military planes shadowed each other near disputed islands in the East China Sea.
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.