UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A territorial dispute over remote islands fueled an angry exchange between China and Japan at last year's U.N. General Assembly and sent relations to a new low. Whether the dispute plays out again at the world body this year will be a sign of how high the tensions remain.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will address the General Assembly on Thursday. It is his first appearance at the annual gathering of world leaders since he was elected in December. Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks for China on Friday.
Beijing and Tokyo aren't even close to settling the dispute. China in the past year has increased patrols near the Japanese-administered islands that it calls Diaoyu, and which Japan calls Senkaku. The cat-and-mouse between their ships and aircraft continues.