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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

Japan scrambles record number of military jets

Apr 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

The total number of scrambles marks an increase of 295 from the year before according to the ministry

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

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Oct 26, 2016 - 7:57 PM

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Duterte assures Japan: No military alliance with China

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:24 PM

The Philippine President tells Japanese businessmen that he does not pick quarrels with our friends and neighbors but that he must stand up for the dignity of Filipinos

DUTERTE IN JAPAN. President Rodrigo Duterte is greeted by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa upon his arrival at the Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan on October 25, 2016. Photo by ALBERT ALCAIN/Presidential Photo

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 spots 230 Chinese fishing boats off disputed islets

Aug 06, 2016 - 3:00 PM

The two countries are locked in a long running dispute over uninhabited islets in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China

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 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 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

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

US defense chief: Expanded Balikatan deepens PH-US ties

Apr 09, 2015 - 12:30 PM

In Japan for his fist visit to Asia as Pentagon chief Defense Secretary Ash Carter highlights his government s strong stand against the militarization of territorial disputes

JAPAN VISIT: Defense Secretary Ash Carter gives a challenge coin to Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani after a dinner hosted by Nakatani at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo, April 8, 2015. Pentagon photo

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

'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

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

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

China ships in disputed waters after Japan shrine visits

Oct 18, 2014 - 1:07 PM

Three Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Japanese controlled Senkaku islands which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus

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

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 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

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

Myanmar, Bangladesh vow better border cooperation after clash

Jun 12, 2014 - 9:10 PM

The neighbors say they would take measures to avoid a repeat of untoward incidents in May which saw gunfire exchanged between both countries security forces

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

Japan says Chinese ships in disputed waters

Jun 06, 2014 - 11:46 AM

UPDATED A coast guard official says two Chinese ships have now entered the Japanese territorial waters

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

China fighters in 'dangerous' brush with Japanese planes

May 25, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Relations between Japan and China are strained by a territorial dispute over Tokyo controlled islands in the East China Sea

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

Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan coastguard

May 02, 2014 - 1:48 PM

This is the third such incursion since US President Barack Obama reasserted that Washington would defend Japan under a bilateral military treaty if China began an attack in the tense dispute

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

Chinese ships return to disputed waters after Obama's Tokyo visit

Apr 26, 2014 - 3:34 PM

Two Chinese coastguard ships sail enter 12 nautical miles into Japan s territorial waters of Senkaku islands

DISPUTED TERRITORY. This file photo shows a Chinese coastguard ship in disputed waters. File photo by Japan Coast Guard/Agence France-Presse

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

Obama in Japan says 'Senkaku' islands covered by security treaty

Apr 24, 2014 - 12:14 PM

UPDATED Notes US President Barack Obama Article 5 of the US Japan security treaty covers all territories under Japan s administration including the Senkaku islands

ON THE SENKAKUS. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) welcomes US President Barack Obama (L) prior to their talks at the Akasaka guesthouse in Tokyo, Japan, 24 April 2014. Toru Yamanaka/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

WARNING CHINA.

China ships in disputed waters after Abe's WWI claim

Jan 27, 2014 - 9:55 PM

Three Chinese coastguard vessels spent two hours in the territorial waters off the Senkakus which China claims and calls the Diaoyus

DISPUTES. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warns China against using force rather than abiding international law when it comes to disputed islands in the East China Sea. Photo by Agence France-Presse

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

Balloon attempt to land on disputed islands fails

Jan 02, 2014 - 1:32 PM

A hot air balloon carrying a Chinese man lands on the water south of the islets claimed by China and Japan

China mulls revamping military regions – Japan report

Jan 01, 2014 - 3:47 PM

China is reportedly planning to revamp military regions to counteract the Japan US alliance amid its row with Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea

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