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 ...

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

May 25, 2014

Chinese jets, SDF flirt with 'Top Gun' scenario near Senkakus

Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, officials in Tokyo said Sunday, prompting Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to accuse Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. The Chinese ...

China starts mass evac from Vietnam after getting taste of riots

May 19, 2014

China starts mass evac from Vietnam after getting taste of riots

Almost 1,000 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, with another three ships following, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost. The passenger ship Wuzhishan left the central Vietnamese port of Vung ...

May 11, 2014

Japan to track visa-free visitors to Russian-held islands

The government will set up a database to track Japanese who visit the Russian-held islands off Hokkaido via the visa waiver program in an effort to attract new visitors and widen public understanding of the situation, a government source said Sunday. Without data on ...

Vietnam protests Chinese oil rig in disputed sea

May 5, 2014

Vietnam protests Chinese oil rig in disputed sea

Vietnam demanded China stop oil drilling operations in a disputed patch of the South China Sea, saying on Monday that Beijing’s decision to deploy a deep sea rig over the weekend was illegal. China dismissed the objections, saying the activity was being carried out ...

Apr 17, 2014

Kishida to postpone visit to Russia over U.S. ties

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to postpone his planned visit to Russia, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The government has determined that the trip this month could affect Japan’s alliance with the United States, which blames Russia over growing unrest in eastern Ukraine, ...

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Apr 4, 2014

Isle disputes to make schoolbooks

Japan's territorial disputes with China and South Korea will enter all social studies textbooks for elementary school students starting in 2015, the education ministry says.

China accused of using water cannon on Filipinos

Feb 25, 2014

China accused of using water cannon on Filipinos

Filipino fishermen have reported that a Chinese coast guard vessel used a water cannon to drive them away from a disputed shoal, the Philippine military chief said Monday, adding that his forces seek to avoid trouble but would respond if any country involved in ...