U.S. vows to defend Japan if conflict erupts in East China Sea

Feb 8, 2014

U.S. vows to defend Japan if conflict erupts in East China Sea

Secretary of State John Kerry vowed Friday that the United States would defend Japan against attack, even in conflicts involving islands claimed by China and Taiwan, as tensions continue to boil between the Asian powers. Kerry, who said he would visit China next week, ...

Jan 16, 2014

Japan, U.S. share ADIZ concerns

Top Japanese and U.S. government officials reaffirmed their commitment Wednesday to work closely to deal with China-related issues such as Beijing’s establishment of an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea that encompasses disputed, Japan-controlled islets. Nobuo Kishi, senior vice foreign minister, ...

U.S. lawmakers urge tough stance on China sea claims

Jan 15, 2014

U.S. lawmakers urge tough stance on China sea claims

The United States must not tolerate China’s use of military coercion in pursuit of its territorial claims in the seas of East Asia, lawmakers said at a hearing Tuesday, where experts warned that Beijing’s assertiveness is unnerving its neighbors and challenges American security interests. ...

Izumo to serve as command ship

Jan 13, 2014

Izumo to serve as command ship

The brand new Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter destroyer Izumo will undergo a refit to serve as the command center for defending remote islands in the southwest, sources said. By deploying a vessel with front-line headquarters functions, the Defense Ministry aims to strengthen the integrated ...

Jan 8, 2014

Beijing beefs up territorial campaign

China says it’s beefing up its police powers in the disputed South China Sea and requiring foreign fishermen to ask Beijing’s permission to operate within most of the vast, strategic waterway.

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 ...

Manila to hedge bets against China

| Dec 17, 2013

Manila to hedge bets against China

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday for a two-day trip that could fast-track a deal on expanding the U.S. military presence as a territorial dispute simmers with China. The same day, Kerry said the United States will provide ...

Dec 16, 2013

China should face up to global concerns on ADIZ: Suga

China should acknowledge that the international community has concerns about its newly declared air defense identification zone in the East China Sea, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Monday after Beijing stepped up criticism of Tokyo for its “malicious slander.” “China needs to face ...