Feb 27, 2014

U.S., Japan to raise China ADIZ at U.N. meeting

The United States and Japan will lobby against China’s recently established air defense identification zone during a U.N. civil aviation conference currently being held in Montreal, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. The two countries plan to express their disapproval of the ADIZ during the ...

Feb 25, 2014

Japan to raise air defense zone again at U.N. agency

Japan plans to propose taking up the issue of air defense identification zones with the International Civil Aviation Organization as it did last November after China’s declaration of an ADIZ in the East China Sea that covers the Japan-administered Senkaku Islands. The ICAO, a ...

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.