Japan will release a Chinese sea captain who has been in custody since a collision in contested...

|By:, SA News Editor

Japan will release a Chinese sea captain who has been in custody since a collision in contested waters triggered a flare up in the countries' relationship - amid signs that the dispute has been spreading to bilateral business relations. Experts say Japan and other U.S. allies are taking a harder line on territorial issues as a part of a U.S.-backed strategy to stand up to an increasingly powerful China.