As world leaders gather in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, tensions between China and Japan continue to escalate over the disputed territory in the South China Sea:
China has been increasingly strident in asserting its territorial claims, especially maritime ones.
In the past week, it has suspended high-level exchanges with Japan and promised tough counter-measures after a court there extended the detention of the captain of a Chinese boat which collided with two Japanese coastguard ships near disputed islands.
“We express great concern about any possible South China Sea announcement made by the United States and the ASEAN countries,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular news briefing. ASEAN is the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
“We resolutely oppose any country which has no connection to the South China Sea getting involved in the dispute, and we oppose the internationalization, multilateralization or expansion of the issue. It cannot solve the problem, but make it more complicated,” she said.
For more on this story, see:
– “Fisherman’s arrest in Asia: China and Japan must not trawl for trouble,” an editorial from the Christian Science Monitor
– “China Rules Out Meeting with Japanese Leaders at UN” from the Voice of America
– “Tensions Rising Between China and Japan” from ABC News
– “Japan counsels against ‘extreme nationalism’ in row with China” from the Guardian