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 boosts security at Diaoyus on anniversary of ‘acquisition’

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera. Photo: AP

Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the Japanese government's purchase of several of the islands from their private owners - a sale China says was invalid. Both countries have since regularly sent coastguard vessels and aircraft to the area to assert their claims.

Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 5:53am

Ships patrol Diaoyu Islands in advance of anniversary

Vessels from the China Maritime Surveillance and the Japan Coast Guard near the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Photo: Reuters

China and Japan entered into a fresh round of bitter exchanges over their territorial row in the East China Sea yesterday - one day ahead of the anniversary of Japan's purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands.

11 Sep 2013 - 10:00am 1 comment

China warns Japan against stationing workers on Diaoyu Islands

Japan's chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga said it was 'extremely regrettable' that Chinese government ships had repeatedly entered Japan’s territorial waters. Photo: EPA

China said it would not tolerate provocation on Tuesday after Japan’s top government spokesman said the country might station government workers on disputed islands in the East China Sea to defend its sovereignty.

10 Sep 2013 - 5:05pm 2 comments

Japan scrambles fighter jets after drone flies near disputed islands

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Monday after an unidentified drone flew near the Diaoyus. Photo: Reuters

Japan scrambled fighter jets yesterday after an unidentified drone flew near Japanese-controlled islands at the centre of a dispute with China, Japan's Defence Ministry said.

10 Sep 2013 - 6:40am 2 comments

Four China ships in disputed zone, says report

A handout picture taken and released by the Japan Coast Guard on September 5, 2013 shows a Chinese Coast Guard ship cruising near the disputed islets known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and Diaoyu islands in China. Photo: AFP

Four Chinese coastguard ships on Friday entered disputed waters near East China Sea islands at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo, according to a report.

Jiji press said the ships entered waters around Uotsurijima, one of the five islands Japan claims as the Senkakus and China as the Diaoyus around 8.15 pm, staying there for two hours.

7 Sep 2013 - 11:16am

Sino-Japanese relationship too brittle for comfort

Sino-Japanese relationship too brittle for comfort

Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, made a speech to a Japanese audience earlier this year, in which he claimed that if the Chinese government should decide to use non-peaceful means to take the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, it may lose the world. The statement apparently irked the Chinese a great deal, albeit belatedly. The nationalistic paper Global Times made a big fuss of it some two weeks ago. But Lee's argument is not entirely wrong.

5 Sep 2013 - 2:57am 6 comments

Call to raise Japan’s defence budget amid territorial row

Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force's new helicopter destroyer, the DDH183 Izumo at its launching ceremony in Yokohama. Photo: Reuters

Altough much of the growth is linked to revised personnel costs and equipment imports made more expensive by a weaker yen, the request comes as Japan is locked in a territorial spat with China over East China Sea islets, fraying ties between Asia's two biggest economies and raising security concerns.

31 Aug 2013 - 1:42am 1 comment

Change law to let Japan’s military do job in crisis, says outgoing general

A Japan Coast Guard vessel patrols of the Diaoyus. Photo: Reuters

The outgoing head of Japan's Ground Self-Defence Forces has called on the nation's politicians to implement legal changes that will permit the military to do its job when a crisis occurs.

29 Aug 2013 - 2:50am

China rules out talks with Japan on disputed Diaoyus

A Japan Coast Guard vessel patrols off the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

China sees no reason to hold talks with Japan over their dispute about ownership of a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, Deputy Foreign Minister Li Baodong said.

28 Aug 2013 - 5:28am 2 comments

Japan tourist visits to Beijing halved amid tensions over islands row

A Chinese tourist views displays at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing. Photo: AFP

The number of Japanese tourists visiting Beijing fell by more than half in the first seven months of the year amid a spike in tensions between the countries, the city’s statistical bureau said Sunday.

Japanese tourist arrivals this year fell to 136,000 up to the end of July, down 53.7 per cent from the same period last year, the bureau said.

25 Aug 2013 - 3:52pm

Japan tourist visits to Beijing halved amid tensions over islands row

A Chinese tourist views displays at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum in Nanjing. Photo: AFP

The number of Japanese tourists visiting Beijing fell by more than half in the first seven months of the year amid a spike in tensions between the countries, the city’s statistical bureau said Sunday.

Japanese tourist arrivals this year fell to 136,000 up to the end of July, down 53.7 per cent from the same period last year, the bureau said.

25 Aug 2013 - 3:52pm

Japanese activists sail near Diaoyus

The Japanese coastguard near the islands yesterday. Photo: AP

Boats carrying about 20 members of a Japanese nationalist group headed back to port after sailing near tiny islands in the East China Sea that are at the centre of a dispute between Japan and China.

19 Aug 2013 - 5:11am

Chinese ships enter disputed waters, says Japan coastguard

Chinese coastguard ships on Friday sailed into disputed waters at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo. Photo: AFP

Chinese coastguard ships on Friday sailed into disputed waters at the centre of a bitter row with Tokyo, officials said, a day after China blasted Japanese lawmakers for visiting a controversial war shrine.

16 Aug 2013 - 5:08pm 1 comment

China launches naval drills to mark Japan's war defeat

A China Coast Guard vessel (foreground) sails past a Japan Coast Guard ship near the Diaoyu Islands yesterday. Photo: Reuters

The military muscle-flexing came as Beijing vented anger over the decision by top-level Japanese politicians to visit a Tokyo shrine commemorating Japan's war dead, including several war criminals.

16 Aug 2013 - 5:33am 3 comments

Chinese ships make longest patrol of disputed waters

China Coast Guard spend record 28 hours in waters around the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: AFP

China deployed ships to waters near islands disputed with Japan for a record 28 hours, drawing a formal protest as it repeated a strategy of pressing its territorial claims through bolder projections of maritime power.

9 Aug 2013 - 2:43pm