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Japan protests over signs of renewed Chinese gas exploration

TOKYO Japan has protested to China over signs it is pressing ahead with maritime gas exploration in the East China Sea despite Tokyo's repeated requests to stop, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Japan warns China of deteriorating ties over East China Sea dispute

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Japan urges China not to escalate East China Sea tension

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World, Japan, China Aug 08 2016

Japan protests over China's radar unit, coastguard ships

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Japan protests after Chinese coastguards and fishing boats sail near disputed islets

TOKYO Japan issued a new protest to Beijing on Saturday after Chinese coastguard ships and about 230 fishing vessels sailed close to what Tokyo considers its territorial waters around disputed islets in the East China Sea, Japan's foreign ministry said.

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China criticizes Japan over 'dangerous' jet scramble

BEIJING China strongly criticized Japan over a scramble of military aircraft from the two countries on Monday amid a dispute over islands in the East China Sea.

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