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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. 

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

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.

Friday, 29 November, 2013, 10:44am 9 comments

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

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

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

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'

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 22 comments

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

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 24 comments

Diaoyu activists blocked from sailing by marine officials

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 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

Japan military launches island-taking drills in Okinawa

The Japanese military launched amphibious landing drills involving 34,000 troops in Okinawa yesterday, as Tokyo denied interfering with Chinese naval exercises in the western Pacific.

2 Nov 2013 - 3:46am 2 comments

Japan defence minister accuses China of jeopardising ‘peacetime’

Beijing’s behaviour in its row with Tokyo over disputed islands is jeopardising peace, Japan’s defence minister said on Tuesday, days after China warned a reported plan to shoot down its drones would constitute “an act of war”.

29 Oct 2013 - 12:05pm 1 comment