China bristles at Japan's defense minister remarks

January 12, 2015 6:28 AM

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China bristles at Japan's defense minister remarks

BEIJING (Reuters) - China criticized Japan's newly appointed defense minister for the first time on Monday, saying it was "firmly opposed" to his comments that Beijing has repeatedly engaged in "dangerous actions" in the East China Sea.

Although both countries reached an agreement late last year to reset ties, the comments by China's defense ministry underscore the fragile state of relations between China and Japan.

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