Yet more tensions in the South China Sea as China lodged a formal complaint with Japan over fishing vessels near the disputed Diaoyu (aka Senkaku) Islands. From Reuters:
China said on Monday it had complained to Tokyo about Japanese fishing boats near disputed islands in the East China Sea, while Japan urged talks on the row and voiced concern about its neighbour’s maritime activities.
The latest flare-up in the sea row happened while Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto visited Beijing for talks about the intense but often icy ties between Asia’s top two economies. (For more on ties, click )
It was a reminder that, despite gestures of goodwill between Beijing and Tokyo, the East China Sea remains a source of persistent tension over territorial claims and access to potentially lucrative energy reserves.