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China warns Japan's PM against 'wrong choice'

BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Yonhap) -- China on Monday warned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe against regarding Beijing as its rival to bolster its security role in the region, saying the move would be a "wrong choice and wrong calculation." China's foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang made the remark in response to reported comments by Abe, who cited China's rise and North Korea's nuclear threats as key reasons to create a U.S.-style national security council in Japan.

Hong Kong activists plan new "fishing trip" to disputed islands

A group of Hong Kong activists Thursday announced they will embark on a "fishing trip" to disputed islands off Chinese shores this month, over a year after 14 were arrested in a similar venture. The activists said they would embark on a "fishing trip in Chinese waters" on November 13, but did not reveal their full itinerary, saying only that one destination would be the Spratly Islands. The Spratlys, known as Nansha Islands in China, are disputed between Taiwan, Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

China paying attention to detained fishermen in Japan

BEIJING, Nov. 6 (Yonhap) -- China said Wednesday its diplomats have met with Chinese fishermen detained by Japan's Coast Guard on suspicion of illegally fishing in Japanese waters four days ago, adding that it is "paying high attention" to the case. The 12 Chinese fishermen were arrested on Saturday for allegedly fishing inside Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Such arrests are not uncommon.

Senior Chinese official voices hope to boost exchanges with Japan

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Tuesday during a meeting with a Japanese prefectural governor expressed hope of strengthening exchanges between local governments of the two countries, despite lingering diplomatic tensions between Tokyo and Beijing. After meeting with Yang in Beijing, Nagasaki Gov. Hodo Nakamura quoted him as saying, "Exchanges between the private sector and local communities are very important, so China wants to actively promote them."

Abe issues fresh warning against China's maritime activities

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday issued a fresh warning against China's growing maritime activities near Japanese-controlled islets, pledging to ensure necessary surveillance and intelligence activities for protecting the country's remote islands. "We will demonstrate our intention not to allow a change in the status quo. We must conduct surveillance and intelligence activities for that purpose," Abe said in his address to the Ground Self-Defense Force troops in an inspection ceremony at Camp Asaka in and around Tokyo's Nerima Ward.

Japan, China experts discuss thorny issues for brighter relations

Japanese and Chinese experts candidly discussed on Saturday territorial and other thorny issues in the hope their public diplomacy will expand mutual interests and lead to an improvement in bilateral relations. Amid a lack of official communication between the two countries, about 60 panelists, including scholars, lawmakers, former senior diplomats, business executives and journalists, gathered for a forum at a hotel in Beijing.

Japan readies island war games amid YouTube PR push

Destroyers, fighter jets and 34,000 troops will take part in a huge exercise aimed at bolstering Japan's ability to protect its remote islands, the government said Thursday, amid a territorial dispute with China. The war games, which will include live-firing, come as Tokyo steps up its global PR campaign by posting online videos it hopes will swing world opinion behind its claims to two archipelagos that are the focus of rows with China and South Korea.

Japan readies island wargames amid YouTube PR push

Destroyers, fighter jets and 34,000 troops will take part in a huge exercise aimed at bolstering Japan's ability to protect its remote islands, the government said Thursday, amid a territorial dispute with China. The war games, which will include live-firing, come as Tokyo steps up its global PR campaign by posting online videos it hopes will swing world opinion behind its claims to two archipelagos that are disputed with China and South Korea.

China warns Japan over reported plan to shoot down drones

BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- China warned Japan on Tuesday against "playing up" tension after Tokyo reportedly approved a plan to intercept and shoot down any foreign drones if they ignore warnings to leave Japanese airspace. China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remarks in response to a report by Japan's Kyodo news agency on Sunday, which cited a "source close to the government," that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved the plan.

Four China coastguard ships in disputed waters

Chinese ships were in disputed waters Friday, Japan's coastguard said, a week after Beijing said talks were possible if Tokyo was prepared to acknowledge the existence of a disagreement. The four Chinese coastguard vessels sailed into 12-nautical-mile territorial waters off one of the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands -- which Beijing calls the Diaoyus -- at around 3:00pm (0600 GMT), the Japanese coastguard said. It was the first such incident reported in eight days.
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