World Oct 23, 2013

Philippines, China oil firms eye deal in disputed sea

A Filipino-British company has begun talks with China's state-owned offshore oil producer for a deal to jointly explore for oil and gas in the Reed Bank, a vast offshore area in dispute between China and the Philippines, a Filipino official said Wednesday. Energy Secretary Jericho ...

National Oct 7, 2013

Maritime status quo statement irks China

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Monday denounced a joint statement issued by Japan, the United States and Australia last Friday condemning any attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea by "coercive or unilateral actions." "Even though (the three countries) are allies, ...

Papers confirm U.S. planes patrolled around Spratlys

Asia Pacific Jul 30, 2013

Papers confirm U.S. planes patrolled around Spratlys

A classified government document seen by Kyodo News on Friday confirmed that U.S. Navy surveillance planes conduct routine maritime patrol to monitor activities in the disputed South China Sea. "(There were) confirmed flights of U.S. P3C Orion aircraft over the South China Sea especially (in ...

Asia Pacific | ANALYSIS Jul 3, 2013

China turns on charm at ASEAN talks

China turned on the charm at a regional security meeting this week, signaling a change in tone as President Xi Jinping seeks to counter a U.S. push for more influence in Asia. China agreed during an Association of Southeast Asian Nations-hosted forum in Brunei to ...

Lavrov to visit in fall; talks on isle row eyed

National Jun 19, 2013

Lavrov to visit in fall; talks on isle row eyed

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Monday that Moscow would dispatch its top diplomat to Japan this fall to boost political dialogue, a Japanese official said. The leaders also confirmed that talks on an island dispute that has prevented the two ...

National May 14, 2013

Chinese ships enter waters near Senkakus

Three Chinese maritime surveillance ships entered Japanese territorial waters Monday near the Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard said. In a separate incident near the area, an unidentified submarine was spotted by a P-3C Maritime Self-Defense Force patrol aircraft sailing in Japan's contiguous zone south ...

National Apr 27, 2013

China officially labels Senkakus a 'core interest'

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced for the first time Friday that China regards the Senkaku Islands a "core interest." "The Diaoyu Islands are about sovereignty and territorial integrity. Of course, it's China's core interest," ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a press conference, using China's ...

Beijing to build more carriers amid sea rows

Asia Pacific Apr 25, 2013

Beijing to build more carriers amid sea rows

China has unveiled plans to build more aircraft carriers after commissioning its first last year, as the country extends its influence amid territorial disputes with neighbors including Japan and Vietnam. Future aircraft carriers will carry more fighter jets than the Liaoning, Rear Adm. Song Xue ...