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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. 

‘Hostile’ aircraft could be shot down in new air zone: Chinese air force general

The Chinese guided missile destroyer No. 139 of the PLA Navy's North Sea Fleet fires a missile during a naval drill in the Yellow Sea on Oct. 17, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

A PLA air force general has warned that any foreign aircraft disobeying warnings and deemed to be “hostile” could be shot down in China’s newly-established air defence identification zone (ADIZ), Chinese media reported on Wednesday.

Friday, 29 November, 2013, 10:44am 11 comments

South Korea caught in crossfire amid air defence zone row

A KF-16 fighter takes off from an air force base during a military drill in Seosan, South Korea. Photo: EPA.

South Korea is finding itself caught in the crossfire amid growing Sino-Japanese tensions after Beijing’s declaration of a new air defence zone (ADIZ) that overlaps with those of Japan and Korea.

28 Nov 2013 - 10:53am

Defying China, US flies two B-52 bombers into East China Sea zone

A B-52 Stratofortress seen in archive footage. Photo: AFP

Two unarmed US B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, defying China’s declaration of a new airspace defence zone and raising the stakes in a territorial standoff.

27 Nov 2013 - 1:59pm 39 comments

Amid Japan tensions, China and US must continue efforts to build trust

Beijing has set up an air defence identification zone across the East China Sea which encompasses islands over which China and Japan dispute territorial possession.

Tense China-Japan relations could do without a new flashpoint. But it was predictable after Beijing set up an air defence identification zone across the East China Sea which encompasses islands over which the two countries dispute territorial possession. China has warned that it will take "defensive emergency measures" against aircraft that fail to identify themselves properly in airspace over them.

29 Nov 2013 - 10:44am

Aircraft carrier Liaoning begins drills in sensitive South China Sea with battle group

China's first aircraft carrier the Liaoning prepares to set off at dawn yesterday for training exercises in the South China Sea. Photo: Xinhua

China's first aircraft carrier has set off for training exercises in the politically sensitive waters of the South China Sea.

It is the first time the Liaoning has carried out drills in the area, parts of which are claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines.

27 Nov 2013 - 5:27pm 2 comments

Air defence zone in East China Sea to remain 'forever', say Beijing advisers

Professor Shi Yinhong said there was "good reason" for the zone

Beijing has been planning an air defence zone over the East China Sea for some time and it will stay there "forever", according to foreign policy advisers to the central government.

The sudden declaration of the protected air space close to territorial waters and islands also claimed by Japan triggered fierce protests from Tokyo and Washington.

29 Nov 2013 - 10:41am 23 comments

China and Japan must remember the spirit of their 1978 peace treaty

China and Japan should ease tensions over the Diaoyus by recalling their peace treaty pledge

The continuous escalation of tensions between China and Japan over the sovereignty of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands is worrying. While Japan took an unprecedented step in nationalising the islands last year, both sides have been engaged in a shouting match that culminated most recently in the Chinese declaration of an air defence identification zone in the East China Sea covering the islands. If Japan and China continue to flex their military muscles, it would not be surprising to see military skirmishes break out one day, possibly as a result of an accident.

27 Nov 2013 - 3:58am 9 comments

Japanese airlines say they will obey China’s air zone rules over disputed islands

File photo of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's PC3 surveillance plane flying around disputed islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Japanese airlines on Tuesday said they would follow rules set by China when it declared an air control zone over the East China Sea, even as Tokyo said they should ignore them.

29 Nov 2013 - 10:44am 9 comments

Beijing advises nationals living in Japan to register with embassy in Tokyo

The disputed Diaoyu Islands

China's declaration of an air defence zone in the East China Sea has renewed attention on a notice from its embassy in Tokyo advising all its citizens in Japan to voluntarily register with its consular section.

29 Nov 2013 - 10:44am

Chinese in Japan told to register for ‘emergencies’ amid territorial row

A Japan Coast Guard vessel sails in front of one of the disputed islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

The Chinese embassy in Tokyo has called on all Chinese citizens in Japan to voluntarily register with its consular section as tensions between the two countries reach new heights over a territorial dispute in the East China Sea.

25 Nov 2013 - 6:16pm 4 comments

US backs Japan as tensions soar on Beijing's air defence zone over East China Sea

China's Ministry of Defence spokesman Colonel Yang Yujun said the ministry had complained to the US Embassy's military attache. Photo: Reuters

Beijing's declaration of an air defence zone in the East China Sea kick-started a diplomatic free-for-all yesterday.

26 Nov 2013 - 1:54pm 39 comments

US slams China's Diaoyu air defence identification zone as 'destabilising'

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AFP

The United States has expressed strong concerns to China over an escalation in regional tensions in the East China Sea, saying it increased the risk of an incident.

25 Nov 2013 - 3:18am 21 comments

Fear of conflict with Japan as China sets up air defence zone

The disputed Diaoyu Islands claimed by China and Japan viewed from a Chinese surveillance aircraft. Photos: Reuters

China's announcement that it had established an Air Defence Identification Zone in the East China Sea that includes the disputed Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan, would greatly raise tensions and the risk of armed conflict, experts from both nations warned.

24 Nov 2013 - 2:10pm 22 comments

Diaoyu activists blocked from sailing by marine officials

The activists' vessel is surrounded by authorities. Photo: Felix Wong

Activists involved in the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands have been intercepted at sea four times this week by marine officers as authorities questioned the motive behind their movements.

16 Nov 2013 - 4:39am

Taiwan and Japan to sign more agreements after fishing pact

Taiwan coast guard near disputed islands called Diaoyus in east China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan and Japan will sign agreements covering e-commerce and patents in Taipei on Tuesday, in another sign of their closer ties, following a pact over fishing rights in disputed East China Sea waters, officials said.

The five agreements to be signed also include pharmaceutical codes, railway cooperation and maritime and airborne search and rescue.

3 Nov 2013 - 8:51pm