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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. 

Japan military launches island-taking drills in Okinawa

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

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.

Saturday, 2 November, 2013, 3:46am 2 comments

Japan defence minister accuses China of jeopardising ‘peacetime’

Japanese defence minister Itsunori Onodera with US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel. Photo: Reuters

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

China coastguard keeps heat on Japan in Diaoyus row

A China Coast Guard vessel (front) sails near a Japan Coast Guard vessel near the disputed islands, known as Diaoyus in China. Photo: Reuters

Beijing kept up the pressure on Tokyo over the Diaoyu Islands yesterday, sending its coastguard near the disputed island chain following a weekend of sabre-rattling by both sides.

29 Oct 2013 - 6:11pm

Japanese YouTube videos on disputed isle claims anger Beijing, Seoul

A still from the Diaoyus video

Japan's foreign ministry has prompted outrage in Beijing and Seoul by setting up a YouTube channel devoted to bolstering Tokyo's claim of ownership of two disputed island groups.

25 Oct 2013 - 3:30am 19 comments

Japan sends big patrol ship to Diaoyus

Japan sends big patrol ship to Diaoyus

The Japan Coast Guard has sent a powerful vessel to reinforce its fleet of patrol ships near disputed islands in the East China Sea, prompting warnings that the move raises the risk of armed conflict with China.

13 Oct 2013 - 5:40am 2 comments

Shinzo Abe tells Chinese leaders he is ready to talk despite Diaoyus dispute

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Xinhua

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the door for dialogue between Tokyo and Beijing is always open despite a chill in relations over a territorial dispute.

11 Oct 2013 - 2:32am

China warns US, Japan and Australia not to intervene in sea disputes

A China coast guard vessel, left, is followed by a Japan coast guard ship near the disputed East China Sea islands. Photo: AP

China said on Monday the United States, Australia and Japan should not use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and urged them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions.

8 Oct 2013 - 10:35pm 1 comment

Chinese ships in disputed waters on National Day, says Japanese coastguard

A China coast guard vessel, left, is followed by a Japan coast guard ship near the disputed East China Sea islands. Photo: AP

Chinese ships sailed into Tokyo-controlled waters on Tuesday as Beijing celebrated its National Day and as Japan and the United States prepare for talks on their defence pact.

Four vessels from the Chinese coastguard entered the territorial waters of the Senkaku islands at around 9am, the Japanese coastguard said. China calls the islands the Diaoyus and says they belong to Beijing.

1 Oct 2013 - 12:57pm 1 comment

Our door is always open, says Japan's Abe as Chinese ships enter waters off Diaoyus

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo:Reuters

Chinese government vessels were still intruding into Japanese territorial waters around contested islands, but the door to dialogue with Beijing was always open, Japan's prime minister said yesterday.

28 Sep 2013 - 3:58am

Osprey troop transporters on Japan's buy list amid fears over China

Japan is set to buy up to 20 Ospreys, a high-speed aircraft dogged by controversy. Photo: AP

Japan's defence ministry is pushing ahead with plans to purchase the controversial MV-22 Osprey aircraft, widely seen as the best way of rapidly transporting troops to potential hot spots.

24 Sep 2013 - 5:08am 1 comment

Beijing ready to talk to Tokyo about Diaoyus, says Wang Yi

Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington. Photo: Xinhua

China is ready to discuss territorial claims in the East China Sea with Japan once Tokyo declares the islands are disputed, according to Beijing's senior diplomat.

22 Sep 2013 - 3:58am 7 comments

United States urges China and Japan to ease tensions in island dispute

 US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel. Photo: EPA

The United States has called on China and Japan to exercise restraint and act responsibly to avoid having the escalating tensions over their territorial dispute affect global economic growth.

15 Sep 2013 - 3:29am

Four Chinese ships in disputed waters, says Japan

Activists burn a paper ship symbolising Japan's helicopter destroyer Izumo during an anti-Japan protest in front of the Japan Interchange Association in Taipei

Four Chinese ships entered waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan on Saturday with no sign of a compromise seen between Asia’s two largest powers.

14 Sep 2013 - 12:08pm

Scarborough Shoal ‘concrete’ looks just like rocks

Recent pictures of the disputed Scarborough Shoal. Photo: SCMP

A Philippine minister said they were concrete blocks and a "prelude to construction", but photos taken recently at the disputed Scarborough Shoal show only natural rocks and coral jutting above the surface.

14 Sep 2013 - 4:55am 6 comments

PLA warns US over backing Japan in Diaoyus row

US envoy James Miller is greeted by Major General Wang Guanzhong in Beijing this week. Photo: EPA

The PLA told the United States this week not to support Japan, nor let it do as it pleased, over the disputed Diaoyus in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said yesterday.

14 Sep 2013 - 4:52am 10 comments