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. 

Letters to the Editor, April 5, 2013

A taxi in San Francisco that runs on biodiesel. Photo: AFP

It is of great concern to note Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting's Occupy Central proposal, which advocates civil disobedience in case Beijing does not agree with the whims or insecurity of some political parties in Hong Kong.

Friday, 5 April, 2013, 5:46am 2 comments

Japan must give back islands

The disputed islands claimed by China and Japan. Photo: Reuters

I refer to your editorial ("The world looks at Sino-US talks", March 21).

You mentioned that US President Barack Obama will meet the newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping possibly in September.

2 Apr 2013 - 5:59am 7 comments

Scholar calls reaction of South Korea and China to Japanese textbooks childish

The Senkaku islands, also known as the Diaoyus. Photo: AFP

A Japanese scholar has branded as "childish" the reactions in South Korea and China to new school textbooks that describe disputed islands as Japanese territory. Japan's Education Ministry on Tuesday approved a range of new textbooks for the school year that starts in April next year, with two geography books and six covering politics and economics stating that the Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands and the Takeshima islands, which South Korea calls Dokdo, belong to Japan.

28 Mar 2013 - 2:48am

Japan seeks summit with China over Diaoyus dispute as early as May

Fumio Kishida

Japan would seek a bilateral summit between its prime minister and China's new leaders as early as May as part of efforts to defuse a continuing diplomatic row over disputed islands, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said.

25 Mar 2013 - 6:05am

Vice-president adopts 'softer tone' on Diaoyu disputes with Japanese delegation

Li Yuanchao

Vice-President Li Yuanchao made his diplomatic debut in his new role in a meeting with Japanese business leaders in Beijing yesterday. Li was the highest-level official to attend the three-day Japan-China Economic Association meeting, which ends today.

23 Mar 2013 - 5:27am

Japanese corporate leaders visit Beijing in effort to mend ties

Toyota chairman Fujio Cho

A group of influential Japanese business leaders is due to meet Vice-President Li Yuanchao today in Beijing in an effort to improve soured relations between the two countries.

22 Mar 2013 - 5:46am

US and Japan draw up 'worst-case' contingency plan for Diaoyu Islands

A Chinese surveillance plane flies over the Diaoyu Islands. Photo: Reuters

US and Japanese officers are discussing worst-case contingency plans for retaking the disputed Diaoyu Islands if China moves to seize them, US officials said. Japan's Nikkei newspaper first reported the talks, which prompted a strong reaction from Beijing. "We have contingency plans and we discuss them with allies," a US official said on condition of anonymity.

22 Mar 2013 - 2:54am

US, Japan review worst-case plans for Diaoyu Islands dispute

A Chinese marine surveillance ship cruises near the disputed Diaoyu Islands last week. Photo: AFP

US and Japanese officers are discussing worst-case contingency plans for retaking disputed islands in the East China Sea if China moves to seize them, US officials said on Wednesday.

Japan’s Nikkei newspaper first reported the talks, which prompted a strong reaction from China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

A more assertive China is here to stay

To many in China, regaining lost territories such as the Diaoyus is as justified as resuming China's sovereignty over Hong Kong and Macau. Photo: AFP

China's assertive response to the tug of war with Japan over the disputed Diaoyu Islands has strong domestic support. Nationalistic sentiments have been surging. Memories of Japanese atrocities done to the Chinese people have been kept fresh through the mass and social media.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:41am 3 comments

The not-so-subtle art of diplomacy

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman speaks to the media at the Pyongyang Airport. Photo: AP

Diplomacy is a skilled art. To be good at their job, diplomats need years of experience in negotiation, political analysis and protocol. A balanced personality, intelligence, tolerance, open-mindedness and patience are essential traits.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:25am

China military officials admit radar lock on Japanese ship, says report

A Chinese frigate, like the one pictured, was accused of locking its radar on a Japanese destroyer earlier this year. Photo: AFP

Senior Chinese military officials have admitted for the first time that a frigate locked its radar on a Japanese destroyer during the two nations’ spat over disputed islands, Kyodo News agency reported on Monday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing's island survey plan is a test for Shinzo Abe

Testing times for Shinzo Abe

The announcement that Beijing plans to deploy surveying teams on the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, which China calls the Diaoyu chain, has been dismissed in Japan as little more than an effort to test the response of the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:47am

Japan seeks defence ties with Asean amid China row

Japanese Vice Defence Minister Akinori Eto (centre) delivers an opening speech before senior defence officials from Asean countries on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Japan on Wednesday called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China.

13 Mar 2013 - 6:46pm

Upside and downside seen in Beijing's move on Scarborough Shoal

Pagasa Island in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP

A sensible move to lower risks or a sharp new tool to assert sovereignty - analysts in the Philippines are hoping for the former but fear the latter as they digest China's consolidation of its maritime agencies under one civilian command to patrol its disputed borders.

13 Mar 2013 - 7:31am

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi warns Japan to return to talks on islands

Outgoing Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi arrives for a news conference on the sidelines of the National People's Congress in Beijing. Referring to the dispute over the Diaoyu Islands, or Senkakus, he urged Tokyo to respect history. Photo: Xinhua

At a press conference wrapping up China's diplomacy over last year, Yang Jiechi said tensions in the East China Sea had been triggered by Japan's "seizure" of the Diaoyu islands, called the Senkakus by Japan. He urged Tokyo to respect history and told Washington not to interfere in regional affairs.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am