Senkaku Islands

China frigates 'aim radar' at Japanese amid sea dispute

Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua yesterday. Photo: AFP

Analysts described the alleged actions as "provocative" as they could have been a precursor to firing missiles at Japanese forces.

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 11:23am 4 comments

Japan releases Chinese crew amid territorial dispute

A Japan Coast Guard vessel (right) chases a Chinese fishing boat near Miyako island in Okinawa prefecture, in the East China Sea on Saturday. Photo: AFP

Japan on Sunday released the crew of a Chinese boat who had been detained on suspicion of illegal fishing, amid a festering territorial row between the neighbours.

3 Feb 2013 - 11:40pm

Chinese ships enter disputed Diaoyu waters after rebuke

A Chinese marine surveillance ship and a Japanese coastguard ship cruise near one of the disputed islands in September. Photo: Reuters

Three Chinese government ships entered waters around the disputed Diaoyu Islands on Monday, a day after China rebuked the US for comments seen as supporting Japan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan scrambles jets to head off China plane

The Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyus. Photo: AP

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Saturday to head off a Chinese state-owned plane that flew near islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, a Japanese Defence Ministry spokesman said.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:20pm

Chinese warships spotted in waters near Japan island

A Chinese frigate sails in waters off the island of Yonaguni in Japan's Okinawa prefecture on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Chinese naval vessels were in waters near to a Japanese island on Tuesday, the defence ministry in Tokyo said, as tensions with Beijing remain high over a disputed archipelago. “



29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japanese, US mull military drill to take island

The Diaoyu Islands are at the centre of a territorial dispute between Japan and China. Photo: AFP

Japan and the United States are mulling a joint military drill to simulate retaking a remote island from foreign forces, reports said, amid a festering row between Tokyo and Beijing over disputed islets.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China to ‘lose out’ by missing Tokyo IMF, Lagarde says

“[China] will be missing a great meeting," said IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Thursday in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

China will “lose out” by not sending its top two finance officials to important global economic meetings in Japan this week, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese nationalists covet Japan’s Okinawa

A Qing dynasty volume is seen as evidence that a swathe of modern-day Japan belongs to China. Photo: AFP

In a glass case at Beijing’s Imperial College, an 18th century book with a yellowed title page in bold, black characters is evidence – some Chinese say – that a swathe of modern-day Japan belongs to China.

The two Asian powers are already at loggerheads over a set of tiny uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, even stoking fears of armed conflict.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

China central bank chief pulls out of IMF meeting amid Diaoyu row

Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People's Bank of China. Photo: Simon Song

China’s central bank governor will not lead the Chinese delegation at the IMF meeting this week, in what appeared to be a snub to host Japan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan Coast Guard resources wearing thin due to Diaoyus dispute

The Japan Coast Guard is devoting so many resources to protecting the disputed Senkaku Islands that it could affect its other duties, including search and rescue operations for ships in distress.

7 Oct 2012 - 3:49am

How Asia can defuse island disputes

How Asia can defuse island disputes

By April 1972, as the United States prepared to return to Japanese administration the eight uninhabited islets known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in China, the Sino-Japanese dispute over their ownership had reached fever pitch. Nationalism was in full flight not only in Japan, but also in mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

5 Oct 2012 - 1:45am 2 comments

China banks withdraw from IMF-linked events in Tokyo

The Bank of Communications is among the banks that have pulled out of IMF-related events. Photo: Reuters

Chinese banks have pulled out of events linked to annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Japan next week, a report said, as Tokyo and Beijing remain locked in a diplomatic row.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Chinese ships re-enter disputed waters, says Japan

A Chinese marine surveillance ship cruising near the disputed Diaoyus islands. Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off the disputed islands for the second straight day on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day on Wednesday, Japanese coastguards said.

Three maritime surveillance ships “ignored warnings from patrol vessels of our agency... and entered our country’s territorial waters” shortly after 11.30pm, the coastguard said in a statement.

3 Oct 2012 - 6:50pm

Japan picks wrong time to test Beijing

Japan picks wrong time to test Beijing

What are the chances of war breaking out between Japan and China over their competing claims of sovereignty over the tiny islands which the former call Senkaku and the latter Diaoyu? This was the question posed by a junior Japanese parliamentarian to a respected political grandee from the pre-war era. They were soaking in a private onsen two hours' drive from Tokyo.

3 Oct 2012 - 1:38am 3 comments

China and Japan must deal with wartime history and move on

Diaoyu Islands. Photo: AFP

For an instructive lesson in national education, look no further than the dispute between China and Japan over the Diaoyu Islands. The nations established diplomatic relations 40 years ago and signed a peace and friendship treaty in 1978, promising to lay animosities to rest.

3 Oct 2012 - 7:12am 4 comments