Jul 2, 2014

Diplomats in Beijing mull ways to improve Sino-Japanese ties

A high-ranking Foreign Ministry official from Tokyo and his new Chinese counterpart on Tuesday “apparently” discussed ways to improve deteriorated relations between the two countries, NHK television reported. Visiting Beijing, Junichi Ihara, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, talked ...

ASEAN balks on singling out China in communique

May 12, 2014

ASEAN balks on singling out China in communique

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told Southeast Asian leaders that China is slandering his country and committing dangerous violations in disputed waters, but the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) group refrained from criticizing Beijing in a summit communique released Monday. Southeast ...

May 2, 2014

Ending Asia's zero-sum games

by Koichi Hamada

Perhaps if Asia's leaders viewed East Asia's rapid economic transformation, geopolitical dynamics and historical animosities like a recenlty arrived space alien, they would see what they need to do to halt the dangerous trends.

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.