Apr 1, 2015

China boasts first air force drills 'far offshore'

China’s air force has carried out its first military drill over the Western Pacific Ocean, state media said, highlighting Beijing’s growing military reach. Several aircraft from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) on Monday flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel, which runs between ...

China launches website laying claim to Senkaku Islands

Dec 31, 2014

China launches website laying claim to Senkaku Islands

Beijing has launched a website asserting Chinese sovereignty over the Senkaku Islands. The website, www.diaoyudao.org.cn, was unveiled Tuesday by China’s National Marine Data and Information Service. It came as a trio of Chinese coast guard vessels made their latest patrol of the waters surrounding ...

Nov 5, 2014

U.S. Navy to deploy cutting-edge spy drone to Okinawa

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy the Triton large unmanned surveillance aircraft, now under development, to Okinawa Prefecture, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said Tuesday. The navy aims to deploy the aircraft by the end of 2017, Greenert said in a speech. ...

Sep 25, 2014

Japan, China hold second maritime affairs talks, with isles row on agenda

Japan and China have held their second intergovernmental talks on maritime affairs to discuss security and crisis management in the East China Sea, including waters around the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said. The central government hopes the dialogue will contribute ...

U.S. calls Chinese naval exercises a 'natural evolution'

Jul 30, 2014

U.S. calls Chinese naval exercises a 'natural evolution'

An uptick in Chinese maritime exercises in the Pacific is a “natural evolution” and the drills will grow in complexity as the navy boosts its capacity, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Robert Thomas said. China is expected to keep up a ...