China ships in disputed waters: Japan coastguard

Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea, says Japanese coastguard. Photo: AP

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

Li Keqiang made his remarks during a visit to Cecilienhof Castle in Potsdam yesterday. Photo: AP

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

Chinese marine surveillance ships cruising in the East China Sea near the disputed Diaoyu Islands, also known as the Senkaku isles in Japan, on April 23, 2013. Photo: Reuters

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

Japanese lawmakers visit the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo yesterday. It was the largest contingent of politicians since 2005. Photo: Xinhua

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

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

Shintaro Ishihara. Photo: EPA

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

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

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

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

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

China's maritime enforcement plan 'a threat' to Japan

A view from a Chinese B-3837 marine surveillance plane shows the disputed Diaoyu Islands claimed by China and Japan. Photos: Reuters

Beijing intends to bring up to 17 organisations - the largest being the Public Security Ministry's coastguard operations, the Agriculture Ministry's fisheries patrols and the anti-smuggling operations of the General Administration of Customs - under one umbrella led by the National Oceanic Administration.

12 Mar 2013 - 3:43am

Japan urges China to reveal full defence spending details

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. Photo: AFP

There are reports that Beijing is increasing its defence budget by nearly 11 per cent in the coming year, which would put growth in double digits for the third straight year, but analysts believe spending could be much higher.

8 Mar 2013 - 2:46am

China's military 'odds and ends' no threat to Japan

A Chinese government plane flies near the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea on Thursday. Photo: AFP

The former head of Japan's air force, who was fired for saying his nation needed nuclear weapons and that China benefited from Japanese occupation, has resurfaced to dismiss the threat posed by a Chinese military he said consisted of "odds and ends".

1 Mar 2013 - 3:02am

Japan's Abe seeks Obama's support in dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves before his departure for Washington from Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Photo: AP

Abe will be keen to get the reassurance of strong US support during a visit to Washington that comes amid an escalating row with China over disputed islands, and in the same month that North Korea carried out its third nuclear test.

22 Feb 2013 - 5:33am