Chinese envoy summoned over incursions into disputed isles
Japan summoned China’s ambassador yesterday after the country’s ships were spotted near disputed East China Sea islands for a fifth-straight day. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called in Cheng Yonghua, Beijing’s envoy to Tokyo, the foreign ministry said – the second such summons since August 5. “The situation surrounding the Japan-China relationship is markedly deteriorating,” he told Mr Cheng. “We cannot accept that (China) is taking actions that unilaterally raise tensions.” The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the uninhabited islets known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.