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'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.

Tuesday, 25 March, 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

Toy guns with 'Diaoyu Islands are China's territory' on sale to Hong Kong children

The plastic pistols on sale in Hung Hom. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Toy guns wrapped in packaging with the slogan "Diaoyu Islands are China's territory" spread the idea of militarism, former education-sector lawmaker Cheung Man-kwong says.

27 Jan 2014 - 12:06pm

Too much at stake for Beijing and Tokyo to risk in war over islands

Xi Jinping, left, and Shinzo Abe do not need a war over the Diaoyu Islands. Photos: AP, Reuters, EPA

Are China and Japan hurtling towards a military conflict, possibly over the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called the Senkakus by Japan) sooner than later? That question is always a compelling and heated table talk topic among mainlanders, including officials and the ordinary people alike, whenever bilateral ties are tense over historic issues or territorial disputes.

27 Jan 2014 - 4:22am

Singer Song Zuying rallies East China sea troops as dispute continues over Diaoyus

Folk singer Song Zuying met with East Sea Fleet troops in the East China Sea

Folk singer Song Zuying braved the cold this week to rally troops stationed at an unspecified base in the East China Sea as tensions continue to build over the disputed islands in the waters.

The director of the Song and Dance Troupe for the People’s Liberation Army Navy travelled to the frontline to meet and perform for members of the East Sea Fleet over the past few days.

23 Jan 2014 - 11:34am

Japan vows to defend territory after Chinese ships enter disputed waters

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera

Japan's defence minister vowed to defend the country's territory as three Chinese government ships entered disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea, the first such incident this year.

13 Jan 2014 - 4:53am

China hostility to surveillance may lessen as it becomes maritime power

Illustration: Sarene Chan

From last month's China-US naval standoff in the South China Sea to an intensifying China-Japan rivalry that is prompting Beijing and Tokyo to boost their military presence in the East China Sea, there are worrying signs that the situation in the two contentious bodies of water is becoming more complicated.

6 Jan 2014 - 3:59am

Chinese balloonist rescued by Japan after failed flight to disputed islands

Xu Shuaijun (top, right) attempted to fly to the disputed Diaoyu Islands on a hot-air balloon, but crash-landed into the sea. Photos: AFP, SCMP

A man working as a cook in Hebei province has been rescued by the Japanese coastguard after he tried to fly to the disputed Diaoyu islands in a hot air balloon and crashed into the sea about 20 kilometres short of his destination.

3 Jan 2014 - 4:08am 8 comments

US tries to take the middle path in Sino-Japanese relations

US tries to take the middle path in Sino-Japanese relations

Since the Chinese declaration of an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea, the US has been adopting a skilful balancing strategy to rein in both Tokyo and Beijing. This strategy has been working well in several aspects.

3 Jan 2014 - 4:06am 2 comments

Beijing accuses Japan PM Shinzo Abe of 'malicious slander'

Shinzo Abe speaking at the news conference in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Beijing has condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for "maliciously slandering" its air defence zone in an escalating war of words. Abe told a news conference on Saturday that China's recent announcement of the air defence identification zone over the disputed Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands in the East China Sea is "unjustly violating the freedom of aviation over the high seas".

16 Dec 2013 - 4:16am 2 comments

Taiwan-style accommodation can work in Diaoyus dispute

Mutual tolerance

China's establishment of an air defence identification zone around the East China Sea makes for a serious escalation in tension with Japan. Already, there are reports that not only Japan but also the US, Taiwan and South Korea have all flown warplanes into the zone without informing China, to defy its intent. China, for its part, maintains that it has scrambled warplanes of its own to probe so-called intrusions.

5 Dec 2013 - 6:29am 4 comments

Beijing's air defence zone aimed at making Tokyo negotiate, analysts say

Tang Jiaxuan

Beijing's declaration of the zone last week attracted criticism - and warplanes - from Japan and its ally the United States, and drew the ire of South Korea and Taiwan, whose own air defence zones partly overlap Beijing's. But analysts said Beijing's primary goal remained pressing Tokyo to forsake its stance over the Diaoyu Islands, which Japan calls the Senkakus.

1 Dec 2013 - 6:22am 3 comments