FOCUS: Tensions High over Senkakus amid China's "2nd Navy" Buildup
Beijing, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)--Tensions remain high over the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, as Beijing is strengthening its coast guard, dubbed a "second navy."
China's leadership under President Xi Jinping has maintained its hardline stance over the islands, called Diaoyu in his country, while promoting efforts to improve its relations with Japan.
When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a meeting with Xi in Beijing last October, they agreed that their countries do not represent a threat to each other.
Following the summit, Japan saw no Chinese government ship enter Japanese waters around the islands in December. Some observers viewed this as a sign of improving bilateral ties.
December was the first month without such an incident since the Japanese government effectively nationalized the islands in September 2012, triggering routine intrusions by Chinese government ships.
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