Izumo to serve as command ship

Jan 13, 2014

Izumo to serve as command ship

The brand new Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer Izumo will undergo a refit to serve as the command center for defending remote islands in the southwest, sources said. By deploying a vessel with front-line headquarters functions, the Defense Ministry aims to strengthen the integrated ...

Jan 8, 2014

Beijing beefs up territorial campaign

China says it’s beefing up its police powers in the disputed South China Sea and requiring foreign fishermen to ask Beijing’s permission to operate within most of the vast, strategic waterway.

Icebreaker signals China poles goals

| Jan 8, 2014

Icebreaker signals China poles goals

A Chinese research vessel’s escape from pack ice after evacuating 52 people from a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica has shone a spotlight on the Asian power’s growing polar ambitions at both ends of the Earth. In the Arctic, China’s strategic goals include the ...

After sea incident, China praises U.S.

Dec 18, 2013

After sea incident, China praises U.S.

Military relations with the United States face a rosy outlook, China’s Defense Ministry said Wednesday, in an apparent attempt to limit damage from a recent confrontation between the countries’ navies in the South China Sea. A ministry statement said the sides discussed issues relating ...

Manila to hedge bets against China

| Dec 17, 2013

Manila to hedge bets against China

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday for a two-day trip that could fast-track a deal on expanding the U.S. military presence as a territorial dispute simmers with China. The same day, Kerry said the United States will provide ...

U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

Dec 7, 2013

U.S. requests China hotline to defuse air zone tensions

The United States has urged China to set up an emergency hotline with Japan and South Korea to avoid confusion in Beijing’s newly declared air defense zone. Washington does not recognize Beijing’s air defense identification zone, which extends over the East China Sea and ...

China gives no ground to Biden in air zone dispute

Dec 5, 2013

China gives no ground to Biden in air zone dispute

Giving no ground, Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden traded strong arguments Wednesday over China’s contentious new air defense zone, with no indication of progress toward defusing a situation that is raising anxieties across Asia and beyond. Though Biden made ...