Jul 1, 2015

Japan to bolster ship patrols near Senkakus

The central government announced plans Tuesday to strengthen patrols around the Senkakus Islands in the East China Sea by sending more large patrol ships, apparently to counter China’s growing maritime assertiveness. Under a new policy on guarding and managing the nation’s remote islands, the ...

Jun 30, 2015

China's ruling communists recruit fewer members

China’s ruling Communist Party recruited almost 15 percent fewer new members last year amid hopes that better-qualified candidates will expand its guiding role in Chinese society. Accounting for deaths and other losses, membership expanded by 1.1 million members, or 1.3 percent, in 2014 to ...

Jun 29, 2015

Japan hopes AIIB will meet standards befitting an international body

The government said Monday it hopes the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to be launched by the end of the year will meet governance and other standards appropriate to an international financial institution. Japan hopes that by meeting such standards, the bank “will play ...