Japan PM criticises targeting of firms in China row
TOKYO (AFP) - China was "wrong" to deliberately target Japanese business interests as part of a state campaign in a row over disputed territory, Japan's hawkish new prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday.
"For political ends, harming Japanese companies and individuals in China that contribute to the Chinese economy and society - I want to say it is wrong for a responsible nation state in the international community," Mr Abe said.
"It not only harms bilateral relations, it has a significantly negative influence on China's economy and its society," he said at a news conference in the latest barb aimed at China.
Japan's ties with China have remained tense for months as the two nations repeatedly stage maritime standoffs in waters around disputed isles called the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.