Economic study group wraps up first tour of disputed isles off Hokkaido

Jul 1, 2017

Economic study group wraps up first tour of disputed isles off Hokkaido

A group of government officials and private-sector experts concluded their first economic study of the four disputed islands off Hokkaido, saying possibilities had been spotted for joint activity with the Russians.“I am seeing big potential for future development,” said tour leader Eiichi Hasegawa, a ...

Chinese Navy launches most advanced homegrown destroyer

Jun 28, 2017

Chinese Navy launches most advanced homegrown destroyer

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Highlighting its growing naval prowess amid heated disputes in both the South and East China seas, Beijing unveiled its most advanced homegrown destroyer Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said.The 10,000-ton guided-missile destroyer was launched from Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard in the morning, the ministry said in ...

U.N. nations vote against Britain, seek ICJ ruling on Chagos

Jun 23, 2017

U.N. nations vote against Britain, seek ICJ ruling on Chagos

In a diplomatic blow to Britain, the United Nations voted Thursday to ask the International Court of Justice to rule on the fate of the British-ruled Chagos islands, which host an important military base shared with the U.S.The Indian Ocean archipelago has been at ...

Former residents' trip to disputed Russian-held isles postponed

Jun 18, 2017

Former residents' trip to disputed Russian-held isles postponed

A homecoming trip scheduled for former Japanese residents of the Russian-controlled islands off Hokkaido was postponed Sunday due to poor weather, government officials said.About 70 people, including former islanders and their kin, are to be the first former residents to travel by air to ...

U.S. Pacific Commander Harris expected to step down next year

Jun 18, 2017

U.S. Pacific Commander Harris expected to step down next year

Adm. Harry Harris, the U.S. Pacific military chief known for his combative views on Beijing’s South China Sea expansion, is expected to step down next year, U.S. officials said on Friday, leaving President Donald Trump to fill a key post closely watched by China.Harris, ...

Jun 7, 2017

China builds 24 fighter-size hangars on South China Sea outposts: U.S.

China was constructing 24 fighter-sized hangars, fixed-weapons positions and other military-related infrastructure on each of three major Chinese-occupied features in the disputed South China Sea as of late last year, the U.S. Defense Department said Tuesday.“China’s Spratly Islands outpost expansion effort is currently focused ...