Aug 1, 2014

Fukuda may have met Xi during secret China visit

Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda secretly visited Beijing on Sunday and is thought to have held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in an effort to help the two countries mend their soured relationship, sources told Jiji Press on Thursday. Both the Chinese ...

Aug 1, 2014

Sino-Japanese War still stings China 120 years later

When China and Japan first went to war 120 years ago this Friday, Beijing suffered a “national humiliation” that resonates to this day as tensions between the Asian rivals intensify again. Unlike most defeated nations, China marks the anniversaries of its losses with fervor, ...

Taiwan first lady to attend exhibit

Jul 28, 2014

Taiwan first lady to attend exhibit

Taiwan’s first lady, Chow Mei-ching, will visit Japan next week for a trip she postponed last month after posters and other promotional materials prepared by the Japanese side omitted the word “national” in referring to a rare exhibit by Taiwan’s National Palace Museum, the ...

Jul 27, 2014

Think tank's peace proposal: Stop visiting Yasukuni

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should stay away from controversial Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, an international think tank said, as it offered ideas on defusing mounting Sino-Japanese tensions. In a recent report, the International Crisis Group warned that Abe’s visit to the shrine last December ...

Jul 15, 2014

Japan's direct investment in China fell by half in first half

Japan’s direct investment in China dropped nearly 50 percent in January-June from the same period last year to $2.4 billion, China’s Commerce Ministry said Tuesday. That is less than South Korea’s direct investment in China. Observers attributed the sharp decrease to Japanese businesses’ skittishness ...

Jul 14, 2014

Abe calls for talks with Xi at APEC summit

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he is seeking to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a regional meeting in Beijing in November, the latest call from Tokyo for face-to-face talks amid testy diplomatic relations. Abe pointed to the two nations’ huge trading ...

China opening up more of Unit 731 warfare lab

Jul 9, 2014

China opening up more of Unit 731 warfare lab

China will allow the public to visit previously restricted areas at a World War II-era chemical and biological weapons lab run by the Imperial Japanese Army’s notorious Unit 731 beginning next year, Chinese state media are reporting. The laboratory forms part of a site ...

Beijing takes aim at defense move

Jul 2, 2014

Beijing takes aim at defense move

China on Tuesday criticized Japan for loosening decades-old restrictions on its military, and warned the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to take any action that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region. “We oppose Japan’s move of deliberately fabricating the China threat ...