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  • Sep 23, 2014
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China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea Sunday, the latest such incident in a bitter territorial row between the Asian giants.

Sunday, 23 February, 2014, 11:58am

Premier Li Keqiang, in Potsdam, warns Japan on postwar vows

Premier Li Keqiang made use of his visit to Germany to send a warning to Japan that no country would be allowed to violate the peace achieved after the second world war.

27 May 2013 - 8:48am 2 comments

Chinese ships enter territorial waters, says Japan coastguard

The maritime surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile zone off the disputed Diaoyu Islands, also known as the Senkaku isles in Japan, at around 11am (0200 GMT), Japan’s coastguard said.

5 May 2013 - 1:08pm

Why Japan is willing to test China

The 168 Japanese politicians who visited Yasukuni Shrine yesterday were likely emboldened by the surging popularity of the right-of-centre Liberal Democratic Party, and may have concluded that a policy of self-restraint with Japan's neighbours is not working.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:56am

Plan for early warning base on Okinawan island in doubt

Japan may have to scrap plans to build an early warning base for its Self-Defence Forces on the Okinawan island of Yonaguni after the local government put an exorbitant price on the land required for the facility.

6 Apr 2013 - 2:46am

Three Chinese ships enter disputed waters

Three Chinese government ships entered the territorial waters of disputed Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, Japan’s coastguard said.

The three surveillance ships were navigating in the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the Senkakus, which Beijing claims and calls the Diaoyus, at around 1.30pm, the coastguard said.

1 Apr 2013 - 5:48pm

China long planned diplomatic assault on Diaoyus, report says

The current round of Sino-Japanese tensions may have been triggered last April when the then-governor of Tokyo announced plans to buy the Diaoyus/Senkakus, but Japanese defence analysts believe Beijing was plotting a diplomatic assault on the sovereignty of the islands.

29 Mar 2013 - 3:21am

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

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

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

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

Beijing's island survey plan is a test 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