Japan and China Trade Sharp Words Over Islands

In an unusually vigorous rebuttal to Japan’s latest accusations that China is using aggressive tactics to expand its maritime reach, the Chinese Defense Ministry said Japan was undermining stability in the region with its claims to disputed islands known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkakus in Japan.

The Defense Ministry, which issued its statement on Friday, rarely mentions another country by name, Chinese experts said.

The Chinese military is “strongly discontented and resolutely against” the accusations in a Japanese white paper, an annual assessment of the country’s military situation, a spokesman for China’s Defense Ministry, Geng Yansheng, said in a statement.

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