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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.
24/09/2010 CHINA – JAPAN
Tokyo releases Chinese captain, Beijing arrests four Japanese nationals
Prosecutors order the fisherman’s release out of consideration for Sino-Japanese relations. Four Japanese men are instead of trespassing into a secret military zone. Japan urges restraint, waits for further developments.
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.
12/10/2012 CHINA - JAPAN
Tokyo and Beijing ready to talk over disputed islands
Following warningsfrom all major international economic bodies, the two governments agree to talk about the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. The rising costs to the economy and bilateral trade have convinced the two governments to put aside (for now) their nationalism.
16/10/2012 CHINA - JAPAN
In a provocative move, Chinese Navy deploys warships near Japan
Although the two governments are ready to talk over the Diaoyu/Senkaku, tensions remain high. Beijing sends warships near Japanese territorial waters. Tokyo remains on guard.
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