Japan wary of ‘coercive’ China


TOKYO — China’s “coercive” behaviour in waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan is dangerous and could trigger an incident, Tokyo said in a new defence paper Tuesday.

At a cabinet meeting, hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his ministers adopted the white paper, the first annual report on Japan’s defence capabilities and regional security since the islands dispute flared anew last year.

Tokyo nationalised three of the five Senkaku islands in September. Beijing lays claim to the islands, and calls them the Diaoyus.

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