A Chinese man was rescued by the Japan Coast Guard after a failed attempt to land a hot-air balloon on islands at the center of a bitter dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, a Japanese official said Thursday.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his claims on disputed East China Sea islands as he visited nearby islands. He urged border security officials to boost their guard against China’s increased activity in the region.
China said it was “strongly dissatisfied” Sunday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a veiled warning to Beijing not to challenge Tokyo’s control of disputed islands at the centre of a bitter territorial row.
Tokyo summoned the Chinese ambassador Tuesday for the first time under the new nationalist government to “strongly protest” against the presence of official ships in waters around disputed islands.
Incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe came out fighting Monday after his sweeping election victory, saying there can be no compromise on the sovereignty of islands at the center of a dispute with China.