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STEPPED-UP INSPECTIONS: Increased vetting by customs officials is delaying shipments of Japanese exports to at least three Chinese cities, as tensions between the two countries remain elevated.
DISPUTED ISLANDS: The Japanese government's purchase earlier this month of several uninhabited islands in the East China Sea from private Japanese owners has sparked rioting in China and escalated a war of words. Beijing responded to the purchase by promising "serious consequences."
NEW TALKS: Japan on Monday dispatched a vice foreign minister to meet with his Chinese counterpart for talks on relations between the countries.