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  • Dec 18, 2014
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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. 

China, Japan agree to resume high-level talks in bid to ease maritime tensions

Ken Okaniwa, a spokesman for the Japanese delegation, said the two foreign ministers could meet this weekend. Photo: Simon Song

China and Japan have announced a broad bilateral consensus, paving the way for a détente between the two neighbours. Although differences remain, both sides have agreed to disagree and resume dialogue.

Monday, 10 November, 2014, 1:15pm 24 comments

Japan said to have floated idea of a negotiated settlement to Diaoyus row

A Japanese plane patrols over disputed islands. Photo: AP

The Japanese government has made overtures to Beijing for talks to solve the dispute over the Senkaku Islands, which China refers to as the Diaoyu Islands and over which it claims sovereignty.

18 Oct 2014 - 3:52am 3 comments

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

A Japanese coastguard vessel on patrol off Uotsuri island, part of the Senkakus (called Diaoyus by China). The Japanese coastguard said on Wednesday that three ships neared disputed waters and stayed for two hours. Photo: Reuters

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.

6 Aug 2014 - 4:31pm 2 comments

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

Japan seeks greater US support for its "remote islands". Photo: AP

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

A Japanese plane patrols over disputed islands. Photo: AP

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

Japanese surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into waters around the islands. Photo: AP

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

Watched by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Barack Obama says the words that Japan had been hoping to hear. Photo: AFP

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 and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. Photo: AP

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

Chinese academics said that schoolchildren should be taught that China was the first discoverer of the Diaoyus (inset). Photos: AP, Edward Wong

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

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 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

Japanese surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, called the Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. Photo: AP

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

Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida urges dialogue with China to ease tensions

Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Photo: AP

China and Japan should resume talks on establishing a maritime defence communication mechanism and other practical issues, Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told the South China Morning Post.

4 Mar 2014 - 5:09pm 6 comments

Japanese schoolchildren to learn disputed islands belong to Tokyo

Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura (inset) and the disputed Senkaku islands in the East China Sea. Photos: AP

Japanese education chiefs will instruct schools to teach children that islands at the centre of disputes with China and South Korea belong unequivocally to Tokyo, the government said yesterday, prompting an angry response from Seoul.

29 Jan 2014 - 3:54am 4 comments

China ships sail near disputed Diaoyus after Abe’s first world war comparison: Japan coastguard

The disputed islands in the East China Sea, called Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. Photo: AP

Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, days after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe caused an international stir by comparing Sino-Japanese relations with the run-up to the first world war.

27 Jan 2014 - 12:20pm

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