China-Japan Tensions Flare Again – WSJ.com

Tensions flared up again Wednesday between Japan and China, with Tokyo protesting Beijing’s construction of a natural gas drilling rig in contested waters, and China’s foreign ministry decrying Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s refusal to say whether he believed Japan had really ever invaded its larger neighbor.

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“Our government has confirmed that China is using a large floating crane to conduct activities that appear to be the construction of a new offshore platform,” Mr. Suga said at a regular news conference. “It is unacceptable if this means China is engaged in unilateral development” of natural resources in the area.

The area is located between China’s southeastern coast around Shanghai and Japan’s Okinawa islands, and lies north of the contested islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China.

China-Japan Tensions Flare Again – WSJ.com