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CHINA - JAPAN
PLA puts on a show of force over the Diaoyu/Senkaku
The PLA's daily publishes a long article on its all-weather military drills in the Nanjing Military Command, which is in charge of the area where the disputed islands are located. Japan's new ambassador to China collapses and his hospitalised before taking up his post.
01/10/2010 CHINA – JAPAN
Tokyo concerned about China’s escalating military and maritime activity
Japanese Prime Minister Kan says Sino-Japanese relations are vital, but he wants more transparency in China’s maritime and military activities. Three Japanese nationals detained in relation to the Senkaku Islands controversy are released. Sino-American talks resume in October.
11/09/2012 CHINA - JAPAN
Beijing sends patrol ships to Diaoyu/Senkaku
As Tokyo announces the purchase of the islands from an Okinawa family, China reacts by sending warship into the waters of the disputed archipelago. For Chinese PM Wen Jiabao, the islands are "an inherent part of China's territory" and vowed his country would "never ever yield an inch" on its sovereignty.
03/01/2012 CHINA – JAPAN
Two Japanese politicians land on Senkaku (Diaoyu), Beijing protests
The small uninhabited islands in the East China Sea are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan. They are thought to have major oil and gas reserves. Japan normally keeps people away to avoid diplomatic incidents.
10/10/2012 CHINA - JAPAN - IMF
Islands not only reason for China IMF snub
The governor of China's central bank, who was set to deliver the closing lecture at Tokyo IMF meeting, cancelled speech and attendance. Using the diplomatic row over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, Beijing is showing its irritation over the fact that it is not included in a basket of currencies used in world economic transactions.
05/07/2011 CHINA – JAPAN
Japan proposes joint development of Diaoyu Islands to China
For years, the two nations have squared off over the small group of islands in the East China Sea. Now Tokyo proposes their joint development, but Beijing wants total control over the area.
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