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 ...

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

Jul 15, 2014

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

The city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, is considering conducting environmental research this summer on the disputed islets from the air using a chartered aircraft, sources said Monday. The research to study the environment and ecosystem of the ...

Jul 3, 2014

China's reach for leverage

by Ramesh Thakur

China's random and sporadic acts of provocations over territorial disputes seem to fail to intimidate its opponents in the Asia-Pacific region, but each push and probe tests retaliatory assets and calls into question the U.S. capacity, and will, to come to the aid of ...

Abe calls for G-7 unity to deal with Asia tensions

Jun 5, 2014

Abe calls for G-7 unity to deal with Asia tensions

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Group of Seven counterparts that the seven major industrial nations should unite to deal with increasing maritime tensions in Asia. The Ukraine crisis requires deep discussions because it may affect other regional problems, Abe told a G-7 session ...

May 28, 2014

The danger of provocation

Japanese and Chinese leaders need to resolve problems through diplomatic dialogue instead of talking about military responses to each other's moves.

China accusation over jets rejected

May 26, 2014

China accusation over jets rejected

Japan again rejected on Monday China’s accusation that Self-Defense Forces aircraft interfered with joint naval drills being held by China and Russia. SDF units regularly carry out early-warning and surveillance activities in line with international law, the government said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed ...

Feb 2, 2014

Japan, China spar at Munich conference

Senior Japanese and Chinese officials exchanged harsh words over history and territorial issues at a session at the Munich Security Conference Saturday. Fu Ying, chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, said the most important thing is Japan’s denial of ...