Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) transits in formation with Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ships JS Kirisame (DD 104) and JS Asayuki (DD 132) during bilateral training in South China Sea on April 21, 2015. REUTERS
Reuters: China says Japan trying to 'confuse' South China Sea situation
China on Monday accused Japan of trying to "confuse" the situation in the South China Sea, after its neighbor said it would step up activity in the contested waters, through joint training patrols with the United States.
Ties between Asia's two largest economies have long been overshadowed by arguments over their painful wartime history and a territorial spat in the East China Sea, among other issues.
China has repeatedly denounced what it views as interference by the United States and its ally Japan in the South China Sea.
Japan will also help build the capacity of coastal states in the busy waterway, its defense minister said last week during a visit to Washington.
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