• Tue
  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 11:42am

Diaoyu Islands

The Diaoyu Islands are a group of uninhabited islands located roughly due east of mainland China, northeast of Taiwan, west of Okinawa Island, and north of the southwestern end of the Ryukyu Islands. They are currently controlled by Japan, which calls them Senkaku Islands. Both China and Taiwan claim sovereignty over the islands. 

Chinese ships advance in waters near Diaoyus defying Japan’s white paper warning

Chinese ships sailed into waters off Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday, after Tokyo's annual defence paper warned of China's "dangerous acts" at sea.

Wednesday, 6 August, 2014, 4:31pm 2 comments

Tokyo seeks US military guarantee to protect unspecified ‘remote islands’

The government of Shinzo Abe is expected to demand more specific guarantees of US military support in protection of what Tokyo calls its "remote islands", as the two nations revise their defence pact.

15 Jul 2014 - 9:27am 12 comments

Japan’s armed forces prepare for handling prisoners of war in potential conflict: report

The Japanese Self-Defence Forces (SDF) are preparing for the possibility of holding prisoners of war amid simmering tensions with China in a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

20 Jun 2014 - 5:04pm 13 comments

Chinese ships return to disputed waters after Obama visit to Tokyo

Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into waters around disputed islands in the East China Sea on Saturday, the Japanese coastguard said, two days after US President Barack Obama declared his support for Japan.

26 Apr 2014 - 4:03pm 4 comments

Obama reassures Japan over Diaoyu Islands, but warns against provoking China

US President Barack Obama yesterday treaded a diplomatic fine line as he reassured Japan that the US would come to its defence over territorial disputes with China, while also calling on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not to escalate tensions.

25 Apr 2014 - 4:39pm 14 comments

Beijing angered by Obama's stance on disputed Diaoyu Islands

US President Barack Obama has angered Beijing by saying the uninhabited Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, which are claimed by China and Japan, would be covered by the US-Japan security treaty.

24 Apr 2014 - 2:04pm 55 comments

Chinese scholars wage ‘textbooks battle’ with Japan over Diaoyus facts

Mainland academics say China discovered the disputed Diaoyu Islands and suggest this should be taught in schools, days after Tokyo promised to teach in its education textbooks that the chain is part of Japan.

8 Apr 2014 - 12:11pm 13 comments

Chances of war between China and Japan increasing, says ex-PLA officer Luo Yuan

A retired People's Liberation Army senior officer says a war with Japan over territorial disputes is becoming increasingly likely.

3 Apr 2014 - 5:00pm 69 comments

China's behaviour over Diaoyus similar to Russian annexation of Crimea, says senior Japanese official

China's attempts to snatch the Diaoyu Islands away from Japan are similar to Russia's behaviour in seizing Crimea, a senior Japanese government official told the South China Morning Post.

25 Mar 2014 - 3:48pm 40 comments

Japan scrambles jets against Chinese planes in East China Sea

Japan scrambled military jets on Sunday to counter three Chinese military planes that flew near Japanese airspace, defence officials said.

9 Mar 2014 - 5:20pm