East China Sea

Chinese vessels put Japanese on alert around Diaoyus

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama. Photo: Xinhua

Three Chinese government ships entered waters around the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea yesterday, the Japanese coastguard said.

Friday, 28 June, 2013, 5:22am

PLA review warns 'strategic uncertainties' loom large for China

Chinese surveillance ships sail through disputed waters in the East China Sea. Photo: AP

A PLA think tank yesterday issued a report warning that the nation faces increasing "strategic pressure" for the first time since the 1990s collapse of the communist bloc, with the Asia-Pacific region now a "new global centre" for "geopolitical, economic and military competition".

29 May 2013 - 5:46am 1 comment

China brushes off Japan's Okinawa protest as experts call it move to seize Diaoyus

A People's Daily article said Ryukyus were a “vassal state” of China before Japan annexed the islands

China has dismissed a diplomatic protest by Japan over a commentary in a state-run publication that challenged Tokyo's ownership of Okinawa, home to major US bases. The latest angry exchange could further strain tense relations between Asia's two largest economies, which are involved in a stand-off over a group of uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China military planes 'flew close to disputed isles'

Chinese surveillance ships sail in formation in disputed waters near Diaoyu Islands on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Chinese military planes, mostly fighter jets, made more than 40 flights close to Tokyo-controlled islands at the centre of a territorial dispute on a single day this week, a press report said on Saturday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan PM issues warning to Beijing over Diaoyu Islands

A Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No 66 (top) approaches a Japanese fishing boat (bottom) as Japan Coast Guard vessel Ishigaki cruises nearby in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Abe's warning came after China sent eight surveillance vessels within 12 nautical miles of the islands - the most in a single day since Japan bought three of the islands in September.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Taiwan would 'expel' mainland trawlers under Japan fishing deal

A Taiwan coast guard vessel joins a drill held near the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan's fishery authorities say they would kick out mainland trawlers caught in areas covered under a new Taipei-Tokyo fishing-rights accord reached on Wednesday.

12 Apr 2013 - 5:15am 48 comments

Signs of thaw appear in Sino-Japan relations ahead of Beijing visit

Li Xiaolin. Photo: Xinhua

China and Japan are showing signs of thawing relations, as the two Asian powers have resumed cultural exchanges after their long and heated row over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

2 Apr 2013 - 9:38am

Japan's Shinzo Abe seeks Mongolia's backing over East China Sea islands

Norov Altankhuyag, prime minister of Mongolia

Shinzo Abe arrived in the Mongolian capital on Saturday seeking closer trade and diplomatic ties with the mineral-rich nation, a potentially important strategic partner due to its location on China's northern border and diplomatic ties with North Korea.

1 Apr 2013 - 4:18am

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

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

Coastguard, marine surveillance to be unified under single body

Chinese marine surveillance ship Haijian No 75 cruising in waters northwest of the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Photo: Reuters

The State Oceanic Administration, which runs marine surveillance, will take over control of the coastguard from the public security ministry, fisheries patrols from the agriculture ministry, and customs’ marine anti-smuggling functions.

10 Mar 2013 - 1:03pm

Chinese fishermen on front line of marine dispute in South China Sea

Tanmen fisherman find rich marine stocks in the South China Sea, some parts of which are under territorial dispute. Photos: AFP

The tropical waters of the South China Sea are among the most contested on earth, but Chinese fishermen who sail in them shrug off the dangers of navigating between multiple competing claimants.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Briefs, March 6, 2013

Communist Party chief Xi Jinping said it takes courage for China to embrace new paradigms and to break vested interests groups' resistance in order to push deep reforms. 

6 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

Japan arrests China boat captain amid island row

The Japan Coast Guard patrols waters near the Diaoyu Islands in February. Chinese government ships have routinely circled the disputed isles since September. Photo: EPA

Japan’s coastguard arrested the captain of a Chinese boat on suspicion of illegal fishing in its exclusive economic zone on Tuesday, officials said, amid a territorial row between the two countries.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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