Tag - disputed-islands



Police officers stand guard around a venue during a Takeshima Day event in Matsue, the capital of Shimane Prefecture, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 22, 2024
Annual event held reinforcing Japan's claim on South Korea-held islets
Authorities in Shimane Prefecture designated Feb. 22 as Takeshima Day in 2005, a century after the Cabinet placed them under the prefecture's jurisdiction.
Taiwan's coast guard said it would continue to use radar, surveillance and patrols to ensure the "harmony and safety" of the waters near the Taiwan-controlled Kinmen islands, which are close to China's shores.
Feb 21, 2024
Taiwan drives away Chinese coast guard boat as tensions rise
The Chinese coast guard vessel had entered Taiwan's waters near Kinmen a day after officers from the agency boarded a Taiwanese tourist boat.
Filipino fishermen aboard their wooden boats sail past a Chinese coast guard ship near the China-controlled Scarborough Shoal, in disputed waters of the South China Sea on Feb. 15.
Feb 20, 2024
Philippines joint air patrol with U.S. to 'protect territory'
China claims sovereignty over most of the South China Sea, a conduit for more than $3 trillion of commercial shipping annually.
Taiwanese Coast Guard crew surround an overturned Chinese speed boat near the Kinmen Islands on Wednesday.
Feb 18, 2024
China to send coast guard ships as tensions rise over Taiwanese islands
Taiwan defended its moves after two people on a Chinese speedboat, which got too close to a front-line Taiwanese island, died when their boat overturned.
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto votes at a polling station during the general election in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, on Wednesday.
Feb 14, 2024
Prabowo on track to win Indonesia’s presidential election
This is Prabowo’s third time to run for the country’s top job, after losing in 2014 and 2019 to incumbent Joko "Jokowo" Widodo.
A sign erected in Hokkaido’s port of Nemuro calls for the return of the Russian-occupied islands that Japan calls the Northern Territories.
Feb 13, 2024
Geopolitical chess: Unpacking the Northern Territories conundrum
While domestic motivation for Tokyo to resolve the Northern Territories dispute may endure, the opposite is true in Moscow.
This frame grab from handout video released by the Philippine Coast guard on Feb. 11 shows a Chinese coast guard vessel (front R) blocking and sailing past Philippine coast guard ship BRP Teresa Magbanua (back L) near Scarborough Shoal, in the disputed South China Sea.
Feb 12, 2024
Philippines accuses Chinese vessels of 'dangerous' maneuvers
The reef of the incident has been a flash point between the countries since China seized it from the Philippines in 2012.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida addresses a government-sponsored rally in Tokyo campaigning for the return of the Russian-held islands to Japan, an event held to coincide with Northern Territories Day in Japan, on Wednesday.
Feb 7, 2024
Kishida vows to conclude peace pact with Russia
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday vowed to conclude a peace treaty with Russia after resolving a territorial row over four northwestern Pacific islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan.
The Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea
Feb 4, 2024
China ships warn Japan SDF planes to leave airspace near Senkakus
The issuance of warnings may have been newly added to tasks of the China Coast Guard.
Philippine's Ferdinand Marcos Jr. (left) and Vietnam's President Vo Van Thuong at a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Tuesday
Jan 30, 2024
Amid China concerns, Manila and Hanoi agree to better manage maritime disputes
The Philippines is turning to neighboring South China Sea claimant states to boost security ties and potentially forge a united front against Beijing.
A Philippine flag flutters from BRP Sierra Madre, a dilapidated Philippine Navy ship that has been aground since 1999 and become a Philippine military detachment on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands, in the South China Sea in March 2014.
Jan 29, 2024
Philippines denies 'special arrangements' with China over reef
The Chinese coast guard had said it had temporarily allowed the Philippines to provide food and water to soldiers stationed at the Second Thomas Shoal.
Philippine Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Brawner walks past an honor guard during the arrival ceremony at Western Command, in Puerto Princesa, on the Philippine island of Palawan last August.
Jan 21, 2024
Manila gets tough in the South China Sea as a showdown looms
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has taken a tough stance on territorial disputes with China — and he is backing this up with bold moves.
The Philippines and China have had numerous confrontations recently in certain disputed waters in the South China Sea, with both trading accusations of provoking conflict in the economic strategic waterway.
Jan 18, 2024
China and Philippines seek better dialogue regarding South China Sea
In the talks, the two sides reaffirmed that the South China Sea dispute is "not the whole story of bilateral relations."
Philippine Defense Minister Gilberto Teodoro arrives to attend the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting in Jakarta in November.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 16, 2024
Philippines hopes to sign troops pact with Japan early this year
Manila hopes to sign in the first quarter of the year a deal with Tokyo allowing the deployment of military forces on each other's soil, the Philippines' defense chief said.
Philippines Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Romeo Brawner speaks to the media during a press briefing in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, last August.
Jan 15, 2024
Philippines to develop islands in South China Sea, military chief says
Manila will develop islands in the waterway that it considers part of its territory to make them more habitable for troops, military chief Romeo Brawner said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets business representatives in the far eastern city of Khabarovsk, Russia, on Thursday.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 12, 2024
Vladimir Putin may visit disputed islands off Japan's Hokkaido
Russian president told a town hall that he would make the trip, but did not say when.
A Chinese coast guard ship and a vessel of the Japan Coast Guard sail in close proximity to each other, near the Senkaku Islands in 2013.
Dec 30, 2023
China plans to keep ships near Senkakus every day in 2024
The move comes despite Prime Minister Fumio Kishida reiterating "serious concerns" regarding the situation at a summit with the Chinese leader in mid-November.
A set of remote islands called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japanese
Dec 30, 2023
Japan protests South Korean military drills near disputed islets
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported earlier Friday that the country's navy had held regular drills around the islets, citing a military official.
A Philippine supply boat sails near a Chinese Coast Guard ship during a resupply mission for Filipino troops stationed at a grounded warship in the South China Sea on Oct. 4.
Dec 26, 2023
Philippines not stirring conflict in South China Sea: spokesperson
Instead Manila accused Beijing of performing dangerous maneuvers that sometimes result in collisions at sea.
Emperor Akihito (left) meets Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Jiang Zemin at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing in October 1992.
Dec 20, 2023
Japan asked China to shelve Senkaku claim before '92 emperor visit
The visit, which had been repeatedly requested by Beijing, was made by former Emperor Akihito in October 1992.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves