Tension between China and Japan escalated during the last week of October over a small group of islands located roughly 100 nautical miles northeast from the coast of Taiwan. The islands, called the Diaoyu Islands in China and the Senkaku Islands in Japan, have been disputed territory between the two countries and have come into the forefront of their relations in recent years.  Japan scrambled fighter jets for a third consecutive day on Oct. 27 when Chinese military aircraft were seen in the area. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera alleged in a press conference on Oct. 29 that China was intruding in Japanese territorial waters. At a regular news briefing on Oct. 31, Chinese Defense Ministry Spokesman Yang Yujun responded by saying that the accusations against Chinese military activity were baseless, and that their patrols were not against international law. He also accused Japan of interfering in naval exercises, and threatened that if Japan did not cease such provocations it would have to take responsibility for the consequences. Each side has accused the other of jeopardizing peace in the region.  (FT, Oct. 27; BBC Oct. 29; Global Times, Washington Post, Oct. 31, 2013)