Diaoyus dispute encapsulates the Hong Kong identity crisis

Everyone's a patriot when it comes to the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Photo: AP

The Asahi Shimbun features a seemingly discordant personality of a Hong Kong activist, portrayed as a fierce Chinese patriot in the face of Japan but also intensely critical of t

Thursday, 29 August, 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

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

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

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

Japan coastguard says more China ships in disputed waters

A China Marine Surveillance officer photographs a Japan Coast Guard vessel near the disputed Diayou Islands last week. Photo: Xinhua

Japan said three Chinese surveillance ships entered its territorial waters off disputed East China Sea islands on Sunday, hours after one of Beijing’s fisheries patrol boats sailed into the zone.

The three marine surveillance ships entered the 12-nautical-mile territorial zone off Uotsuri, one of the Senkaku islands, shortly before 1pm, the Japan Coast Guard said in a statement.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China ships in disputed waters, says Japan coastguard

The Japan Coast Guard and a Chinese ship in the East China Sea on February 4. Photo: AFP

Chinese government ships were in waters around disputed East China Sea islands on Monday, Japan’s coastguard said, as a senior Japanese diplomat prepared for meetings in Beijing aimed at mending frayed ties.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan to give patrol boats to Manila amid China tensions

A Japan Coast Guard patrol ship (left) shoots water at a fishing boat carrying Taiwanese activists near the Diaoyu Islands last month. Photo: Reuters

Japan plans to donate patrol boats costing US$11 million each to the Philippines, ramping up regional efforts to monitor China’s maritime activity in disputed waters, a newspaper said on Monday.

The Japanese government plans to finance the deal in its fiscal this year budget starting in April and hopes to officially sign it early next year, the Nikkei business daily reported.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China ships in disputed Diaoyu waters as tension runs high

Four Chinese ships were spotted on Sunday in disputed East China Sea waters, Japanese officials said, as Tokyo considered disclosing video footage and pictures as evidence of a Chinese frigate’s alleged radar-lock incident.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China, Japan scholars seek way out in Diaoyu islands row

A Chinese surveillance ship and the Japan Coast Guard sail near the dispute islands. Photo: Reuters

As fears grow over a simmering island dispute between China and Japan, scholars from both nations are hoping to lower the temperature with expansive talks in Washington in search of common ground.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Abe’s sincerity on Japan-China relations questioned by Beijing

Incoming Japan premier Shinzo Abe. Photo: AFP

China’s state media on Tuesday questioned whether Japan’s incoming prime minister sincerely wants to improve ties with Beijing, which have been severely strained by a row over a disputed island chain.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

New Japan leader vows no compromise on islands

Shinzo Abe (pictured in a campaign flier) led his Liberal Democratic Party to a convincing victory in Sunday’s election. Photo: EPA

Incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday there could be no compromise on the sovereignty of islands at the centre of a dispute with China.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japanese voters could turn to right over China islands dispute

Japan Restoration Party leaders campaign in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Minivans plastered with slogans and the smiling faces of candidates are cruising the streets of towns and cities across Japan while the leaders of the largest parties are appealing to the electorate in the key districts through loudspeakers.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:12am