China warns Japan against meddling in South China Sea dispute

May 23, 2014 10:27 AM

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China warned Japan on Friday to stay out of a dispute with its neighbours over the South China Sea, a day after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concern about regional tensions that he said were stoked by China's "unilateral drilling".

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei. It also has a separate maritime dispute with Japan over islands in the East Sea.

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