Feb 6, 2014

U.S. warns China over 'risky' activity near Senkakus

The United States has warned China to cease engaging in a rapidly increasing number of “risky” maritime activities aimed at claiming the Japan-controlled islets in the East China Sea, a senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday. The United States told China in recent high-level talks ...

Jan 19, 2014

China has no-clash policy in place for Japan

China’s top leaders officially agreed last year to prevent a military clash with Japan and any interference from the United States regarding the bitter sovereignty dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea, sources close to them said Saturday. This basic principle, ...

Jan 14, 2014

Japan's Obama problem

by Brahma Chellaney

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not appear to have considered the possibility that his pilgrimage to Yasukuni Shrine on Dec. 26 might end up helping China by deepening South Korea's antagonism toward Japan.

Nov 30, 2013

Obama sends two old B-52s and a message to China

by James Gibney

The U.S. decision to show support for Japan by flying two B-52s through China's claimed "air defense identification zone," which includes the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, is a blunt reminder that Northeast Asia remains the world's most combustible geopolitical hot spot.

Nov 29, 2013

Playing chicken in East Asia

by Gwynne Dyer

Just how does China intend to enforce its new "Air Defense Identification Zone" in the East China Sea? National pride and the personal reputation of new President Xi Jinping are both committed to this game now.

Nov 26, 2013

Resort to diplomacy, not threats

China should realize that it will lose the international community's trust if it continues to pursue the path of using threats to resolve diplomatic issues.