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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, appears jovial as he meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who betrays no hint of a smile under his mask. (Source photos by Uichiro Kasai and Kyodo) 
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Analysis: China pressures Japan at sea with Biden on horizon

Beijing stirs pot over Senkaku Islands, blaming incursions on Japan fishing boats

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is under fire in Japan for maintaining a smile and not objecting during a joint press conference with his Chinese counterpart as Wang Yi pronounced his take on what is happening in the East China Sea.

During a two-day visit last week, Wang repeatedly painted the tensions around the Senkaku Islands, a group of small uninhabited islets in the East China Sea administered by Japan, as being the fault of Japanese boats coming too close to the shores.

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