A Japanese-built facility in China on Monday began destroying the largest cache of World War II chemical weapons abandoned in the country, Tokyo officials said, in a rare case of co-operation between the two countries.
China said on Saturday it hopes Japan can create a favourable atmosphere for an expected meeting between the two countries` leaders, a day after the two sides signalled willingness to put a bitter row over disputed islands on the back burner.
China on Thursday rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia`s two biggest economies, and said there was "no change" in its policy on Tokyo.
China today said several Japanese aircraft entered its Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea and carried out extensive reconnaissance amid increasing maritime tensions between the two countries.
Japanese fighter jets shadowed Chinese aircraft patrolling over disputed waters, China`s Ministry of Defense said on Thursday, in the latest flare-up of a spat over air space that has deepened a rift between the two countries.
More than 200 flights were cancelled in China owing to busy airspace on the first day of the Chinese military`s live fire exercises in the East China Sea, prompting aviation authorities to declare a red alert.
Around 1,000 Chinese workers went on strike after their Japanese boss denied Tokyo had invaded China and said its 1930s actions were to "help" the country escape colonial rule, state-run media reported Wednesday.
Japan on Friday denied Beijing`s claims that its Self-Defence Force planes came "dangerously close" to Chinese aircraft in an incident over the East China Sea on Wednesday, demanding China takes down the footage allegedly showing the incident.
Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness.