Japan bought a group of islands in the East China Sea, which are also claimed by China, in a growing dispute that threatens relations between the leading Asian economies. The islands lie on a vital shipping route and are surrounded by large hydrocarbon deposits beneath them.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said that Japan officially doesn't have territorial dispute over Senkaku Islands.
Tokyo hopes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet in November to discuss bilateral issues, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday.
The authorities of Japan has lodged a note of protest after eight Chinese maritime surveillance vessels entered Japanese territorial waters on Tuesday near a chain of islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing, Kyodo news agency reported.
China’s Foreign Ministry rejected Japan’s protest over Chinese maritime surveillance ships’ patrol near a chain of islands claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing.