Nov 5, 2014

U.S. Navy to deploy cutting-edge spy drone to Okinawa

The U.S. Navy plans to deploy the Triton large unmanned surveillance aircraft, now under development, to Okinawa Prefecture, Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said Tuesday. The navy aims to deploy the aircraft by the end of 2017, Greenert said in a speech. ...

Sep 25, 2014

Japan, China hold second maritime affairs talks, with isles row on agenda

Japan and China have held their second intergovernmental talks on maritime affairs to discuss security and crisis management in the East China Sea, including waters around the Japan-controlled Senkaku Islands, the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo said. The central government hopes the dialogue will contribute ...

U.S. calls Chinese naval exercises a 'natural evolution'

Jul 30, 2014

U.S. calls Chinese naval exercises a 'natural evolution'

An uptick in Chinese maritime exercises in the Pacific is a “natural evolution” and the drills will grow in complexity as the navy boosts its capacity, commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet Vice Adm. Robert Thomas said. China is expected to keep up a ...

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

Jul 15, 2014

City in Okinawa mulls environmental research on Senkakus from air

The city of Ishigaki, Okinawa Prefecture, which has jurisdiction over the Senkaku Islands, is considering conducting environmental research this summer on the disputed islets from the air using a chartered aircraft, sources said Monday. The research to study the environment and ecosystem of the ...

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 ...

Abe calls for G-7 unity to deal with Asia tensions

Jun 5, 2014

Abe calls for G-7 unity to deal with Asia tensions

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his Group of Seven counterparts that the seven major industrial nations should unite to deal with increasing maritime tensions in Asia. The Ukraine crisis requires deep discussions because it may affect other regional problems, Abe told a G-7 session ...