Dec 29, 2013

Japan to take foreign reporters on 10-day isle dispute junket

The Foreign Ministry plans to invite more than 100 U.S. and European journalists stationed in China and South Korea to come to Japan early next year to school them on the government’s stance on two territorial disputes involving tiny islands. The ministry will take ...

Dec 21, 2013

China lashes out at Japan's plan to boost defense spending

China’s military lashed out Saturday at Japan’s plans to boost defense spending, accusing its neighbor of raising regional tensions under the pretext of safeguarding national security. China “resolutely opposes” the five-year defense plan adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government Tuesday, Defense Ministry spokesman ...

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 ...

Dec 17, 2013

Japan adopts new security strategy to counter assertive China

Japan on Tuesday adopted a new national security strategy, pledging to beef up defenses against an increasingly assertive China to protect its territory, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aims to boost Tokyo’s standing as a contributor to global peace and security. In the national ...

Dec 10, 2013

U.S. moves embolden China

by Brahma Chellaney

China's Nov. 23 declaration of an air defense identification zone extending to territories it does not control is just the latest example of its jurisdictional creep that reflects a larger strategy to supplant the U.S. as the preeminent power in Asia.

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 ...