Chinese cook crashes on balloon to disputed isles

first_img The vital role family plays in society New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He was picked up by a boat and later handed over to a Chinese patrol ship, the coast guard said.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Xu was in good condition.Qin disavowed any official ties with Xu. “I note that he is a hot-air balloon enthusiast,” he said.The islands have been a sore point in bilateral relations for years, and nationalists from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong have occasionally tried to sail to them.A recent visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a Tokyo shrine that honors World War II war criminals has outraged China, adding to the bilateral tensions.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img

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