China demands ‘accurate’ nuclear account from Japan on Fukushima

Wang Min, (left) China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations. Photo: Xinhua

China on Tuesday demanded Japan provide “accurate” information on how it is handling new fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

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Japan seeks to expand its surveillance to Pacific Ocean

Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera. Photo: AFP

Japan said yesterday that it needed to expand its surveillance activities to cover the Pacific Ocean off its east coast to protect its interests in a zone rich with resources where Chinese naval ships were recently spotted by ministry officials.

27 Sep 2013 - 11:16pm

Japan never had smooth ties with China, says deputy PM Taro Aso

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso in New Delhi. Photo: Reuters

Japan has never in the past 1,500 years had a smooth relationship with China, Japanese deputy prime minister Taro Aso was quoted on Sunday as saying during a visit to India.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China military planes 'flew close to disputed isles'

Chinese surveillance ships sail in formation in disputed waters near Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Chinese military planes, mostly fighter jets, made more than 40 flights close to Tokyo-controlled islands at the centre of a territorial dispute on a single day this week, a press report said on Saturday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Why Japan is willing to test China

Japanese lawmakers visit the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo yesterday. It was the largest contingent of politicians since 2005. Photo: Xinhua

The 168 Japanese politicians who visited Yasukuni Shrine yesterday were likely emboldened by the surging popularity of the right-of-centre Liberal Democratic Party, and may have concluded that a policy of self-restraint with Japan's neighbours is not working.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:56am

Japan coastguard says more China ships in disputed waters

A China Marine Surveillance officer photographs a Japan Coast Guard vessel near the disputed Diayou Islands last week. Photo: Xinhua

Japan said three Chinese surveillance ships entered its territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands on Sunday, hours after one of Beijing’s fisheries patrol boats sailed into the zone.

The three marine surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial zone off Uotsuri, one of the Senkaku islands, shortly before 1pm, the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan to give patrol boats to Manila amid China tensions

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship (left) shoots water at a fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists near the Diaoyu Islands last month. Photo: Reuters

Japan plans to donate patrol boats costing US$11 million each to the Philippines, ramping up regional efforts to monitor China’s maritime activity in disputed waters, a newspaper said on Monday.

The Japanese government plans to finance the deal in its fiscal this year budget starting in April and hopes to officially sign it early next year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China ships in disputed Diaoyu waters as tension runs high

Four Chinese ships were spotted on Sunday in disputed East China Sea waters, Japanese officials said, as Tokyo considered disclosing video footage and pictures as evidence of a Chinese frigate’s alleged radar-lock incident.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China must stop threats in maritime disputes, says US defence chief Panetta

Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta at a speech in Washington urged his counterparts in Beijing to negotiate regional agreements. Photo: AFP

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday urged China to avoid confrontation and seek out a peaceful dialogue with Japan and other countries over territorial disputes.

The Pentagon chief said he has appealed to his counterparts in Beijing to negotiate regional agreements to defuse an array of disagreements over maritime territory.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Three Chinese ships in disputed island waters, says Japan

A Chinese marine surveillance ship in disputed waters on January 19. Photo: AFP

Three Chinese government ships were in waters around islands at the centre of a dispute with Tokyo on Wednesday, a day after Japan’s premier suggested a summit could help mend frayed ties.

Japan’s coastguard said the maritime surveillance boats entered waters around a chain of Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus in Japan, which Beijing calls the Diaoyus, at around noon.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China, Japan scholars seek way out in Diaoyu islands row

A Chinese surveillance ship and the Japan Coast Guard sail near the dispute islands. Photo: Reuters

As fears grow over a simmering island dispute between China and Japan, scholars from both nations are hoping to lower the temperature with expansive talks in Washington in search of common ground.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese ships enter disputed Diaoyu waters after rebuke

A Chinese marine surveillance ship and a Japanese coastguard ship cruise near one of the disputed islands in September. Photo: Reuters

Three Chinese government ships entered waters around the disputed Diaoyu Islands on Monday, a day after China rebuked the US for comments seen as supporting Japan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am