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Japan, China Tensions Heat Up Over Report and Twitter Swipe

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Tensions between Asia’s biggest economies worsened this week as Japan intensified criticism of China in a government report as an international security threat and a Chinese Foreign Ministry official taunted Japan over its handling of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The Japanese government for the first time described China as a source of “strong” concern in terms of security for the global community in its so-called diplomatic Blue Book, the Nikkei newspaper said on Tuesday. Japan’s Foreign Ministry in the annual report also for the first time referred to activities by Chinese government vessels around disputed East China Sea islands as a breach of international law, the paper said.