China raises stakes in island dispute with Japan as its economy slows

China has escalated tensions with Japan over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands (photo:dpa)
China has escalated tensions with Japan over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands (photo:dpa)

China’s latest show of military muscle over the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea may be a smokescreen to distract its population from real concerns over its economic growth. China’s new leadership is showing it is in control of the country and its military, but it is failing to deliver on China's long-term growth projections.

CHINA’S new leadership under President Xi Jinping has upped the stakes in its dispute with Japan over a couple of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, after a year of thaw and intense behind-the-scenes negotiations.

The negotiations were aimed at maintaining stable economic relations between the two East Asian...

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