China calls on Japan to take responsibility for trade fallout

China's commerce ministry has called on Japan to take "complete responsibility" for any trade impact from a territorial dispute between the two countries over a string of islands it both claims.

Aerial photo of Chinese ocean surveillance, fishery patrol ships and Japan Coast Guard patrol ship Credit: Reuters/Kyodo

Last week, Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei said tensions between China and Japan are likely to harm trade ties between the two countries.

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Anti-Japan protests intensify

Anti-Japan demonstrations have intensified in China in response to a diplomatic dispute over the ownership of islands in the East China Sea. Major Japanese firms including Panasonic, Canon and Mitsubishi have closed their factories in the country.