Japan is sending a top diplomat to China for talks. But Taiwan is now sending ships to patrol the disputed region, threatening to further complicate things.
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Twelve Chinese vessels have moved to the waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea to patrol and enforce the law, according to Chinese state media.
Chinese surveillance ships briefly entered waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea that fuel nationalist passions on both sides. Will Beijing ultimately accept Japan's reasoning for the move?
Elements of the dispute include a Ming Dynasty map, a US treaty, and a fish factory. The following is a basic breakdown.
The attack by a group of men in Beijing came as nationalist sentiment deepens in both China and Japan over ownership of islands in the South China Sea.
Japan's army has taken over flood rescue and cleanup operations, drawing more positive reactions from Japanese formerly wary of praising the military.