China-Japan ties appear to be fraying significantly over a row involving a Chinese fishing vessel that was captured by Japanese coast guard ships after it collided with them in the East China Sea.
The detainment has given fuel to longstanding territorial disputes between the two countries. China has called off planned talks with Japan over an undersea gas bed dispute, and has warned of even broader repercussions.
The row points to the ongoing significance of the rivalry between Asia's two largest economies.
China cancels Japan talks, warns on sea dispute [Reuters]