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Japan protests China ships near disputed isles ahead of Abe visit

Oct 17, 2018 - 6:36 PM

A Japanese government spokesman says China's intrusion was 'extremely regrettable' but said Tokyo is still hoping to 'take Japan-China relations to the next level'

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in his opening remarks during the 20th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Japan Summit at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017, expresses his optimism over the upcoming developments that are expected to spring up due to the continuing partnership between Japan and the regional bloc. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japan launches Marines unit amid China's growing presence

Apr 07, 2018 - 10:09 PM

The 2,100-member brigade, based in Sasebo, will be responsible for defending remote islands and retaking them if they are invaded

In this file photo, national flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan scrambles jets after China allegedly flies drone

May 19, 2017 - 7:02 PM

The two countries are at odds over a group of small uninhabited islands in the East China Sea administered as the Senkakus by Japan but claimed as the Diaoyus by China

China ships sail near disputed isles after Mattis visit – Japan

Feb 06, 2017 - 3:47 PM

UPDATED It comes two days after James Mattis US President Donald Trump s new defense secretary said in Tokyo that the island chain was subject to a longstanding Washington Tokyo defense treaty

SECOND ONE. Four Chinese vessels entered the waters surrounding the island chain, controlled by Japan – the second such incident in just a week.

China warns U.S. after Mattis says Senkakus covered by treaty

Feb 04, 2017 - 3:41 PM

The Senkaku islands known in China as the Diaoyus are at the center of a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing

ON US-JAPAN TREATY. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) speaks to Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada (R) at the start of their meeting at the defense ministry in Tokyo on February 4, 2017. Photo by Franck Robichon/AFP

Japan searches for shipwrecked Chinese fishermen

Aug 11, 2016 - 3:11 PM

The Japanese coast guard has rescued the 6 other members of the sunk vessel s 14 strong crew

A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

Japan summons Chinese envoy amid ship 'incursions'

Aug 09, 2016 - 3:58 PM

This comes after China s ships were spotted near disputed East China Sea islands for a fifth straight day

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

China installs radar in disputed waters – Japanese media

Aug 07, 2016 - 3:56 PM

The Japanese foreign ministry said China had placed a surface search radar and surveillance camera on one of its structures in a gas field which is claimed by both countries

This handout picture released by the Japan Coast Guard on August 6, 2016 shows the China coast guard ship 35104 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard handout/AFP

Japan protests as Chinese navy sails near disputed isles

Jun 09, 2016 - 11:02 AM

UPDATED The incident prompts Tokyo to summon the Chinese ambassador at around 2 am to lodge a protest

SENKAKU/DIAOYU. A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

Japan spots Chinese spy ship in new area near disputed isles

Nov 13, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Japan s Defense Ministry says a P 3C patrol aircraft observed the Dongdiao class intelligence vessel near territorial waters of the Senkaku Islands which Japan administers but China claims as the Diaoyus

SENKAKU. A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

US, Japan widen defense ties in historic sea change

Apr 27, 2015 - 11:42 PM

UPDATED Under the revised guidelines Japan could come to the aid of US forces threatened by a third country or perhaps deploy minesweeper ships to a mission in the Middle East officials say

MILITARY POWER. Japanese soldiers from the 22nd Infantry Regiment of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force train in urban assault with American soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 5th Brigade during an exercise at Fort Lewis’ Leschi Town. Photo courtesy of US Army

Would you like war with that? Noodles spice up China-Japan tensions

Jan 26, 2015 - 11:30 PM

The manager of Beijing s Diaoyu Islands Malatang Noodle Shop insists that Japanese friends are still welcome

Customers eat their lunch in Beijing's Diaoyu Islands Malatang Noodle Shop on January 26, 2015. Wearing a camouflaged flak jacket at a counter shaped like a Chinese aircraft carrier, the manager of Beijing's Diaoyu Islands Malatang Noodle Shop insists nevertheless that Japanese "friends" are welcome.   AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Japan, China resume talks on maritime hotline – reports

Jan 12, 2015 - 7:13 PM

Japan and China resume talks about setting up a hotline to prevent sea clashes following frequent sparring between ships from the two sides around disputed islands

A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

China launches cyber claim to islands in Japan dispute

Dec 30, 2014 - 6:55 PM

China s new website features displays legal documents maps and a timeline dating back to 1403 the year Beijing claims the islands Mandarin name first appeared in writings

SENKAKU. A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

China's Xi vows to protect territorial interests

Nov 30, 2014 - 12:48 PM

On a more conciliatory note Xi tells officials at the meeting that China seeks peaceful development and opposed the willful use or threat of force

Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Maldives on September 14, 2014. Stringer/AFP

China ships pay first post-Japan summit visit to disputed isles

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:52 PM

Three Chinese coastguard vessels sail into the 12 nautical mile zone around the Japanese controlled Senkaku islands which China claims and calls the Diaoyus

SENKAKU. A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

Japan's Abe heads to Beijing, eyeing first summit with Xi

Nov 09, 2014 - 1:30 PM

Two leaders of Asia s biggest economies will meet after two years of animosity

ABE IN CHILE. Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, speaks during the Commerce and Investment Forum in Santiago de Chile, Chile, 31 July 2014. Sebastian Silva/EPA

More than half of Chinese see war with Japan – poll

Sep 10, 2014 - 2:13 PM

A survey conducted in both nations found that 53 4 of Chinese envisage a future conflict with more than a fifth of those saying it would happen within a few years

National flags of Japan and China (R) are displayed at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on May 30, 2010. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Japan PM says door always open for China talks

Jul 08, 2014 - 12:28 PM

In an interview with The Australian broadsheet Abe says he is keen to nurture a mutually beneficial relationship with Beijing while urging China to play a constructive role in regional security

IN NEW ZEALAND. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a joint press conference with his New Zealand counterpart John Key (not pictured) at Government House in Auckland, New Zealand, 07 July 2014. Stringer/EPA

Chinese ships in disputed waters as Tokyo moves on military

Jun 30, 2014 - 3:27 PM

The two Chinese vessels entered territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus

SENKAKU. A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Hiroya Shimoji/EPA

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Jun 24, 2014 - 8:50 PM

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Philippines backs Japan bid to defend allies

Jun 24, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says his country favors the proposal to revise Japan s pacifist constitution

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the joint media statement after the Summit Meeting and Working Lunch at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in 2-3-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan on June 24, 2014. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

Aquino to visit Japan as China tensions mount

Jun 18, 2014 - 11:30 AM

The tensions with China will likely be a topic of discussion when Aquino and Abe meet on June 24

OFF TO TOKYO. Aquino is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his one day trip to Japan. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau

Japan summons China envoy over mid-air near miss

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:52 PM

This is the second time in less than 3 weeks that Tokyo has accused Beijing of playing chicken in the skies near the hotly contested Japanese controlled Senkaku islands which China also claims

G7 concerned by Asian maritime tensions

Jun 05, 2014 - 12:46 PM

The leaders state oppose any unilateral attempt by any party to assert its territorial or maritime claims through the use of intimidation coercion or force

WORKING DINNER. Members of the G7 attend a working dinner at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 04 June 2014. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row

Apr 24, 2014 - 3:11 PM

Obama vows to defend Japan if China attacks over the two countries territorial dispute but also urges Beijing to help keep North Korea from its nuclear testing program

DEFENSE. US President Barack Obama (L) addresses a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo, Japan, April 24, 2014. Junko Kimura-Matsumoto/EPA/POOL

Japan warns over China ship seizure

Apr 21, 2014 - 8:11 PM

Authorities in Shanghai seized the vessel Baosteel Emotion owned by Mitsui O S K Lines in a dispute over what the Chinese side says are unpaid bills nearly 80 years ago

US defense chief warns China over territorial claims

Apr 06, 2014 - 1:23 PM

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel departs for Beijing on Monday April 7

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Japan vows defense as China ships near disputed isles

Jan 12, 2014 - 3:24 PM

Chinese government ships enter disputed waters off Tokyo controlled islands in the East China Sea the first such incident this year

China plans joint military command system: state media

Jan 03, 2014 - 1:34 PM

A more unified command structure may increase the speed of emergency response

OPERATIONAL COMMAND. China is trying a potentially more efficient command platform for its military

Japan invests in new military kit as China row simmers

Dec 17, 2013 - 12:51 PM

The cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to spend 24 7 trillion yen 240 billion between 2014 and 2019 in a strategic shift towards the south and west of the country

MORE MONEY FOR DEFENSE. In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, 09 December 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama

Complicating the complex: China's ADIZ

Dec 15, 2013 - 2:12 PM

China s decision to establish an ADIZ that overlaps with Japan s and South Korea s ADIZs complicates an already volatile regional security environment

China ships sail through disputed waters amid tensions

Dec 08, 2013 - 11:10 AM

The vessels entered the 12 nautical mile territorial waters at about 9 am local time off one of the Senkaku islands which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus

China 'monitored' US B-52 air zone flights

Nov 27, 2013 - 3:44 PM

Beijing s non confrontational response elicited scorn from some Chinese netizens as weak in the face of defiance but analysts said it may never have intended to impose the zone by force

DANGEROUS? A map of China's proposed air defense zone that includes disputed islands. Image from Xinhua's Twitter account

US challenges China's air defense zone with B-52 flight

Nov 27, 2013 - 6:56 AM

The flight of the giant Stratofortress planes sent a clear signal that Washington would push back against what it considers an aggressive stance by Beijing in the region

Japan's Abe calls China air defense zone 'dangerous'

Nov 25, 2013 - 3:40 PM

Shinzo Abe s warning comes after Washington said it would stand by Japan in the event of any military clash over the Senkaku Islands which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus

Japan warns of 'unpredictable events' over China's new air zone

Nov 24, 2013 - 4:18 PM

UPDATED Japan and South Korea both voice concerns over China s new air defense identification zone

China creates air defense zone over Japan-controlled islands

Nov 23, 2013 - 2:16 PM

China s air defense identification zone includes islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China

DRONE. This picture taken by Japan;'s Joint Staff on September 9, 2013 shows an unidentified drone near the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China. JOINT STAFF/AFP PHOTO

China ships spotted close to Japan-controlled islands

Nov 16, 2013 - 1:07 PM

Japan s coast guard says China has been spotted inside the territorial zone on 50 days so far this year

A Japan-US alliance for the 21st Century

Nov 03, 2013 - 10:55 AM

Japan s primary concern regarding the alliance is the gradual decline of US involvement in Asia brought about by a mixture US defense budget cuts sequestration and domestic political gridlock

China behavior jeopardizing 'peacetime' – Japan

Oct 29, 2013 - 3:23 PM

UPDATED Itsunori Onodera s comments are likely to further heighten fears that the two countries could be sliding towards conflict

Japan readies island wargames amid YouTube PR push

Oct 24, 2013 - 4:48 PM

Japan s military exercise to protect its islands coincides with the launching of videos that try to foster its claim over some disputed islands

Hagel heads to Seoul, Tokyo to affirm military ties

Sep 28, 2013 - 2:08 PM

The US defense secretary will meet with Japanese and South Korean officials on security issues in the region

SECURITY ISSUES. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will discuss security issues with South Korea and Japan, including those involving North Korea and China. Photo from Agence France-Presse/Kamarul Akhir

China warns US to stay out of island disputes

Sep 13, 2013 - 5:55 PM

China warns the US anew not to support the territorial claims of its neighbors

Japan eyes defense budget increase, Marines-like unit

Aug 30, 2013 - 6:53 PM

The move mirrors Prime Minister Shinzo Abe s policy of a more assertive diplomacy and a more active military

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Japan, 23 August 2013. EPA/Kiyoshi Ota

Japan summons China envoy over dispute

Aug 08, 2013 - 11:08 AM

UPDATED Tokyo said Thursday August 8 it has summoned the Chinese envoy after government ships entered Japanese territorial waters

'No one can contain China' on disputes - scholar

Aug 06, 2013 - 8:23 PM

Beijing foreign policy scholar warns Manila and Tokyo are mistakenly emboldened by Washington in territorial disputes with his country

MILITARY MIGHT. In this file photo, hundreds of elite police and soldiers attend a send-off ceremony as they prepare for the security during China's 60th anniversary celebration in Beijing on June 23, 2009. Photo by AFP

China-Japan island dispute in new online game

Aug 01, 2013 - 2:23 PM

Glorious Mission Online China s answer to Call of Duty marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People s Liberation Army

'GLORIOUS MISSION' Screenshot of the homepage of the "Glorious Mission Online" game as of Thursday, August 1. Courtesy www.plagame.cn

Obama, Japan's Abe discuss security in phone call

Jun 13, 2013 - 1:28 PM

The call was made days after the US leader met over the weekend with the president of China the White House said in a statement

In this file photo, US President Barack Obama (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) talk to each other during a conference with members of the media in the Oval Office in the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 22 February 2013. Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar/EPA

Chinese sea patrols 'legitimate' - top general

Jun 02, 2013 - 1:10 PM

UPDATE Qi Jianguo: Our attitude on East China Sea and South China Sea is that they are in our Chinese sovereignty We are very clear about that

'LEGITIMATE' PATROLS. Top Chinese military official, Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo speaks at the 12th Asia Security Summit Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on June 2, 2013. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP