A China Coast Guard vessel (front) sails near a Japan Coast Guard vessel (back), south of Uotsuri island, one of a group of disputed islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, in this photo taken by Kyodo August 15, 2013. Mandatory Credit. REUTERS/Kyodo
Reuters: Japan warns China of worsening ties over East China Sea dispute
Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were "deteriorating markedly" over disputed East China Sea islets, and China's envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing's stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row.
Tensions between Asia's two largest economies have risen since Japan saw an increasing number of Chinese coastguard and other government ships sailing near the disputed islets, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, over the past few days.
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called in Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua for the second time since Friday and told him that China was trying to change the status quo unilaterally, a Japanese foreign ministry statement said.
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Update: Tensions rise over East China Sea dispute (DW)
WNU Editor: In all of my years of living in the Far East and being an "Asian watcher" .... I have never seen in my lifetimes relations as bad as they are now between China and Japan.