National Mar 14, 2015

Japan, China eye May talks on maritime crisis management mechanism

Japan and China envision holding a meeting in Singapore around May to discuss a maritime crisis management mechanism aimed at avoiding clashes around East China Sea islands, diplomatic sources said. At the meeting of senior officials, the two nations will aim to agree on how ...

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

Asia Pacific Mar 4, 2015

Chinese defense spending slows but still tops GDP growth rate

China's central government will increase defense spending at a slower pace than last year as President Xi Jinping overhauls the military and seeks to stamp out the corruption that hinders the country's combat readiness. The defense budget will rise about 10 percent this year, in ...

SDF admiral urges prompt action on crisis management pact with China

National Nov 29, 2014

SDF admiral urges prompt action on crisis management pact with China

Adm. Katsutoshi Kawano, the nation's highest-ranking military officer, has urged the early start of a "crisis management" mechanism with China amid conflicting claims with Japan over the uninhabited Senkaku Islands off Taiwan. Relations between China and Japan, the world's second- and third-largest economies, have also ...