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China defends gasfield activity in East China Sea

Aug 02, 2017 - 3:32 PM

China defends its oil and gas activity in the East China Sea as occurring in areas indisputably under its jurisdiction after Japanese protests stirred a longstanding dispute over the region

This photo taken on October 13, 2011 shows a P-3C patrol plane of Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force flying over the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea. Japan Pool via Jiji Press/File/AFP

China rebukes G7 over statement on seas

May 29, 2017 - 4:13 PM

China is strongly dissatisfied at the G7 summit gesticulating over the issues of the East and South China seas under the guise of international law

NAVAL MIGHT. This photo taken on May 10, 2016 shows crew members of China's South Sea Fleet taking part in a logistics supply drill near the James Shoal area on South China Sea. Stringer/File/AFP

Japan, U.S. conduct navy drill in East China Sea – reports

Mar 10, 2017 - 1:25 PM

Reports say the drill is aimed at issuing a warning against nuclear armed North Korea

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 muted after Tillerson vows islands blockade

Jan 12, 2017 - 3:11 PM

UPDATED We re going to have to send China a clear signal that first the island building stops and second your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed Rex Tillerson says

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 11: Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, testifies during his confirmation hearing before Senate Foreign Relations Committee January 11, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Tillerson is expected to face tough questions regarding his ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

China sends aircraft carrier to Pacific drills for first time

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The Chinese navy drills are seen as a show of strength by Beijing at a time of rising tensions with Taiwan and the United States

This file photo taken on an undisclosed date in December 2016 shows Chinese J-15 fighter jets on the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the Bohai Sea, off China's northeast coast. Stringer/AFP

Japan protests as China ships sail near disputed isles

Nov 06, 2016 - 1:32 PM

The office of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has beefed up its team in charge of monitoring Chinese ships sailing into territorial waters of disputed islands

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China flies military planes over strait near Japan

Sep 26, 2016 - 1:17 PM

UPDATED China s Air Force on Sunday September 25 sent 40 planes over the Miyako Strait between Japan s Miyako and Okinawa Islands to carry out training in the West Pacific

In this file handout picture taken and released by Japan's Joint Staff on March 9, 2014 shows a Chinese H-6 bomber flying in the air between Okinawa island and Miyako island over Japan's southern Okinawa island chain. AFP / Joint Staff Japan

Chinese ships sail near disputed islands – Japan

Sep 11, 2016 - 5:17 PM

The 4 Chinese vessels sailed into waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea and left 90 minutes later the Japan Coast Guard says

Japan eyes record defense budget to develop anti-ship missiles

Aug 31, 2016 - 2:47 PM

The ministry announced it is seeking 5 168 trillion yen 50 12 billion in spending for the fiscal year starting April 2017 up 2 3 from the initial budget for the current fiscal year

In this file photo, Japanese soldiers listen to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan tells China to stop violating territory in East China Sea

Aug 24, 2016 - 11:45 PM

I strongly asked him to completely quieten the situation says Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on his talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi

epa05508202 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) is welcomed by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (L) prior to their bilateral talks in their bilateral talks in Tokyo, Japan, 24 August 2016. Wang is in Tokyo to attend the trilateral foreign ministers' meeting of between Japan, South Korea and China. The ministerial meeting is taking place as several security and territorial issues including the South China Sea dispute, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery and the North Korean ballistic missile and nuclear tests are straining relations in the region. EPA/TORU YAMANAKA / POOL

Japan protests as China ships sail near disputed isles

Aug 21, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Despite Japan s repeated strong protests the Chinese side has continued to take unilateral actions that raise tensions on the ground says Tokyo s foreign ministry

epa05233131 (FILE) A file picture dated 27 April 2005 shows an aerial view of Uotsuri Island, one of disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea, claimed by China, Taiwan and Japan. According to media reports on 28 March 2016 Japan is opening a new radar station near the disputed East China Sea islands in order to expand its surveillance in the East China Sea. EPA/HIROYA SHIMOJI

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 warns China over territorial aggression

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:54 PM

UPDATED The region s superpower continues to act in an assertive manner and its actions include dangerous acts that could cause unintended consequences Tokyo says in a defense white paper

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

China extends military wings with new transport plane

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:10 PM

UPDATED The announcement comes with tensions mounting over territorial disputes between Beijing and its neighbors in the East and South China seas

This file photo taken on November 11, 2014 shows China's biggest military transport plane the Y-20 performs at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province. Johannes Eisele/AFP

Chinese spy ship entered Japan waters – Tokyo

Jun 15, 2016 - 1:59 PM

3rd UPDATE The incident comes less than a week after another of China s naval vessels sailed near islands at the center of a sovereignty dispute

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

China says US 'hyping' spy plane intercept

Jun 08, 2016 - 10:45 AM

UPDATED The US once again is deliberately hyping this issue says the spokesman of the Chinese foreign ministry

This undated US Department of Defense (DoD) image shows an aerial view of the Pentagon in Washington, DC. US Department of Defense/Handout/AFP

G7 says 'concerned' by situation in East, South China seas

May 27, 2016 - 10:30 AM

UPDATED The G7 reiterates that settlement of disputes should be peaceful and freedom of navigation and overflight should be respected

G7 IN JAPAN. (L to R) Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Fran?ois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk together as they visit the Ise Grand Shrine in Ise, Mie prefecture, Japan. May 26, 2016. Photo by Nicolas Datiche/EPA

China using 'coercive tactics' in maritime claims – Pentagon

May 14, 2016 - 8:00 AM

In an annual report to Congress the Defense Department outlines China s rapid military growth and describes how it is assertively defending sovereignty claims across the contested East China Sea and South China Sea

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

China slams G7 statement on maritime disputes

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:38 AM

We urge G7 members to abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes

CALL FOR RESTRAINT. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union Deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back center L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the 4th session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

G7 calls for restraint in Asian maritime disputes

Apr 11, 2016 - 9:40 PM

G7 countries – the US Britain Canada France Germany Italy and Japan – say they oppose provocative actions in the East and South China Seas

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (front R), Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion (front L), European Union deputy Secretary General for the European External Action Service (EEAS) Helga Schmid (front C), Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (back C), US Secretary of State John Kerry (back centre L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (back R) pose with other foreign ministers during the fourth session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' meeting in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. G7 foreign ministers on April 10 began two days of talks in Hiroshima, with John Kerry's visit to the atom-bombed city -- the first-ever by a US secretary of state -- overshadowing the broader agenda. / AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

China protests Japanese textbook revisions on disputed islands

Mar 22, 2016 - 7:45 PM

No matter what measures Japan may take to promote or push its stance it will not change the basic fact that Diaoyu belongs to China says Beijing s foreign ministry

epa03970467 (FILE) 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. China's air force is on 'high alert' and has sent patrols into its new air defence zone in the East China Sea, the Defence Ministry said 29 November 2013. The air defence identification zone (ADIZ) declared on 23 November covers the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, which lie near oil and gas reserves and are claimed by China as the Diaoyu and Taiwan as the Tiaoyutai. EPA/HIROYA SHIMOJI

Japan submarine to visit Philippines

Mar 16, 2016 - 5:50 PM

UPDATED The Oyashio vessel will be in Subic Bay for drills starting Saturday March 19 while its escort ships will also head to Vietnam

This US Navy handout image shows released 01 February, 2006 shows the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) submarine Defense Ship (JDS) Oyashio, lead submarine of the Oyashio class, navigating through the Pearl Harbor channel in Hawaii 30 January, 2006. Oyashio will be conducting exercises and training with the US Navy in the Pearl Harbor region. AFP PHOTO/HO/US Navy/ JO2 Ryan C. McGinley/GETTY OUT / AFP / US NAVY / Ryan C. McGinley

China to establish international maritime judicial center

Mar 13, 2016 - 2:44 PM

The decision comes as an international tribunal prepares to decide a case related to the country s claims in the South China Sea

China lauds power, proclaims peace at military spectacular

Sep 03, 2015 - 10:37 AM

UPDATED President Xi Jinping is overseeing the spectacle featuring 12 000 Chinese soldiers 500 pieces of hardware and almost 200 aircraft which comes as Beijing takes a more assertive diplomatic stance

SHOW OF FORCE. Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers station on a stand before the military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. Wu Hong/EPA

Japan joins US-Australia war games amid China tensions

Jul 05, 2015 - 10:39 AM

The two week Talisman Sabre exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland state involves 30 000 personnel from the US and Australia practicing operations at sea in the air and on land

READY FOR GAMES. In this handout photo from the Royal Australian Navy dated July 2, 2015, Royal Australian Navy boatswains mates from HMAS Larrakia (R) prepare for the arrival of HMAS Perth, one of the Royal Australian Navy’s eight Anzac-class frigates as it arrives in the Port of Darwin in preparation for the commencement of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015. Kyle Genner/Royal Australian Navy/AFP

New Chinese islands don't settle sea disputes – Japan

Jun 17, 2015 - 3:34 PM

The rebuke came after Washington urged China against militarization of the area saying that risked escalating tensions

A runway is believed to be among what China will build at the reclaimed Kagitingan Reef off the coast of Palawan. Image courtesy Department of National Defense

Aquino to visit Japan amid disputes with China

Apr 24, 2015 - 11:18 AM

The Japanese government invites the Philippine president to visit Tokyo as both the Philippines and Japan compete with China over sea and land

FRIENDS, ALLIES. President Benigno Aquino III receives Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Philippines' presidential palace during Abe's official visit to the Philippines in June 2013. File photo by Malacañang Photo Bureau/Benhur Arcayan

China air force slips past PH, Taiwan for drills in 'far offshore' Pacific

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Several aircraft from China s People s Liberation Army PLA on March 30 flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines Xinhua reports

In this file photo, 6 J-10 fighter jets on the August 1st Aerobatics Team of the People's Liberation Army Air Force perform in the sky during the China International Aviation Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong province, 11 November 2014. Joy Mu/EPA

Jokowi: Indonesia ready to mediate between Tokyo and Beijing

Mar 23, 2015 - 8:17 PM

Jokowi has previously told Japanese media that China s claim to virtually all of the South China Sea has no legal foundation

JAPAN-INDONESIA TIES. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) reviewing a guard of honor prior to their meeting at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 23 March 2015. Photo Kojo Sasashara/EPA

South Korea, China, Japan seek to ease tensions, set up FM meet

Mar 12, 2015 - 9:03 AM

If that meeting is successful it could lead to a 3 way leadership summit later in the year

DIPLOMATIC TRIO. Shinsuke Sugiyama, deputy foreign minister of Japan, Lee Kyung-Soo, deputy minister for political affairs of foreign ministry of South Korea and Liu Zhenmin, vice foreign minister of China, shake hands prior to their meeting of the tenth South Korea, Japan and China trilateral senior foreign officers consultation in Seoul, South Korea, 11 March 2015. Chung Sung-Jun/Pool/EPA

Japan, PH renew vow to strengthen maritime security cooperation

Feb 01, 2015 - 4:17 PM

The two countries also aim for strengthened cooperation in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief HADR and defense equipment and technology

ALLIES: Philippines and Japan strengthen cooperation on security issues

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 urges Japan to pursue peace under new defense chief

Dec 25, 2014 - 10:05 PM

It is our position that whoever serves as the defense minister of Japan the Japanese side should follow the path of peaceful development says Chinese defense ministry spokesman Yang Yujun

NEW DEFENSE CHIEF. Japanese re-appointed Finance Minister Taro Aso (2-R), who is also former prime minister, talks with newly appointed Defense Minister Gen Nakatani (2-L) as they leave the prime minister's official residence for an attestation ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan, December 24, 2014 after re-elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed his new cabinet ministers. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/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

Complex turns for Xi on China's diplomatic path

Nov 19, 2014 - 11:06 AM

As it further engages with the world analysts say China will have to perform ever more complicated balancing acts to meet its international responsibilities and domestic goals

Chinese President Xi Jinping speak to reporters during a press conference at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) in Beijing, China, 12 November 2014. How Hwee Young/EPA

'Big guy' China is committed to peace, says Xi

Nov 17, 2014 - 1:52 PM

UPDATED Xi Jinping: There s only one trend in today s world that is the trend of peace and development and win win cooperation

XI IN CANBERRA. Chinese President Xi Jinping addresses a joint sitting of the Australian parliament in the House of Representatives chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 17 November 2014. Alan Porritt/EPA

APEC 2014: Big-power rivalries take center stage

Nov 10, 2014 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED World leaders converge in Beijing against the backdrop of a US Russian chill and the inexorable rise of the meeting s increasingly assertive host

A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier patrols outside the venue of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Week at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, China, 09 November 2014. Diego Azubel/EPA

China media claim victory after Japan agreement

Nov 08, 2014 - 3:59 PM

The two Asian powers say the would set up a crisis management mechanism to keep the tension at bay

Leaders of Japan and China to hold first summit: reports

Nov 07, 2014 - 9:20 PM

The countries have agreed to arrange a summit next week in Beijing on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC forum

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 paper warns over China's 'dangerous acts' in sea, air

Aug 05, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Paper: Japan is deeply concerned about the establishment of the East China Sea ADIZ which is profoundly dangerous act that escalate the situation and may cause unintended consequences

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (top C) inspects troops of Japan's Self-Defence Force during a military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013. Toru Yamanaka/AFP

Japan names islets in disputed territory

Aug 01, 2014 - 9:13 PM

The apparent bid may inflame tensions with China which has been at loggerheads with Japan over the chain of islands in the East China Sea

Filipinos most worried about conflict with China – study

Jul 17, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Compared to other Asian countries the Philippines – the only country that dared to bring China to court over its West Philippine Sea claim – is most worried about conflict

DAVID VS GOLIATH. A Chinese coast guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a standoff as the Philippine boat attempts to reach Ayungin Shoal, a reef claimed by both countries, on March 29, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Japan's Abe calls for talks with China's Xi at APEC

Jul 14, 2014 - 12:58 PM

Abe points to the neighbors huge trading and business ties saying they are inextricably linked despite a row over islands in the East China Sea and historical grievances

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