Disputed islands

Japan plans satellites to monitor foreign ships in territorial waters

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

Nine satellites were planned for launch in the next five years to counter piracy and monitor the movements of foreign ships intruding into Japanese territorial waters, business daily Nikkei reported. They will also collect data for forecasting natural disasters such as tsunamis, it said.

Monday, 8 July, 2013, 3:34am

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

Chinese tour ship sets sail to disputed Paracel islands

Plans to allow tourists to visit the Paracel Islands is the latest stage in China’s development of the territory, which has previously angered Vietnam and caused concern in Washington.

28 Apr 2013 - 4:39pm

Southeast Asian leaders to talk China, trade

Brunei police and plain clothes security wait at Brunei International Airport in Bandar Seri Begawan, ahead of the Asean summit, on Wednesday. Photo: EPA

Southeast Asian leaders will meet in Brunei on Wednesday hoping to heal wounds from infighting over relations with China while building momentum towards groundbreaking economic partnerships.

24 Apr 2013 - 2:42pm

Asean to press China for talks on new maritime code of conduct

Brunei's new Prime Minister's Office, the venue for the upcoming Asean Summit. Photo: Reuters

Worried that long-seething rifts could escalate over the South China Sea, Southeast Asian leaders are expected this week to press China to agree to start negotiations on a new pact aimed at thwarting a major clash in one of the busiest maritime regions.

23 Apr 2013 - 2:40am

Taiwan plans to expand pier in disputed islands

The runway built by Taiwan on Taiping Island, largest of the Spratly Islands. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration has budgeted NT$19 million (US$640,000) to evaluate the project, which is part of its efforts to boost defence capabilities in the disputed area this year.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:55pm 1 comment

Japan plans to better spell out its claims to disputed islands

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev takes pictures during his visit to Kunashiri Island, one of four islands known as the Southern Kuriles in Russia and Northern Territories in Japan. Photo: Reuters

The Japanese government plans to set up a team of experts to devise ways to better spell out Tokyo's position in territorial disputes with its neighbours. A panel will submit a report to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in about six months.

4 Apr 2013 - 2:29am

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

Letters to the Editor, December 31, 2012

More to be done to tackle Hong Kong's housing problem. Photo: Bloomberg

Flats initiative a short-term measure

I was delighted by the government's announcement on Monday, December 24, that it planned to boost land supply [in the coming quarter] for the construction of 3,000 new apartments.

7 May 2015 - 3:07pm 3 comments

Colombia gets islands' sovereignty; Nicaragua wins fight for oil reserves

Boundaries as ruled by the ICJ

Nicaragua claimed victory in a battle over sovereignty of tiny islands in the western Caribbean, despite the International Court of Justice's ruling that the islands belong to Colombia.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:21am

Islands row off the agenda at East Asia summit

US President Barack Obama and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at a press conference in Bangkok yesterday. Photo: AFP

Asean leaders yesterday moved to limit their discussions of tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea - a move which could keep the issue off the agenda just as US President Barack Obama arrives in Phnom Penh to intensify Washington's push back to Asia.

19 Nov 2012 - 2:32pm

Briefs, November 7, 2012

Japan drops plan for island invasion drill

7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am

South Korea renames peaks of disputed Dokdo islands

The disputed islands - called Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan. Photo: Xinhua

South Korea is renaming peaks on islands disputed with Japan in an attempt to reassert its sovereignty over the territory after a decades-long dispute flared up again this summer.

29 Oct 2012 - 1:44am

South Korean lawmakers visit islands disputed with Japan

Dokdo or Takeshima islands are claimed by South Korea and Japan. Photo: Xinhua

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday visited an isolated set of islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with Japan – a move likely to stoke tensions with Tokyo still more.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am