Sino-Japan relations

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.

Tuesday, 2 April, 2013, 9:38am

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

Imperial Japan’s peaceful legacy in Chinese outpost

The red sun of the Japanese flag flutters alongside the Chinese emblem’s five stars at a business zone in Dalian -- a rare sight in a country still embittered by Tokyo’s imperial dominance decades ago.

10 Jan 2013 - 2:27pm

Asia Weekly names Diaoyu voyagers 'people of the year'

Hong Kong fishing vessel Kai Fung No 2 docks at a public pier at Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. Photo: SCMP Photo

Eight activists from Hong Kong, Macau and the mainland who sailed to the Diaoyu Islands to claim them for China appeared on the cover of Asia Weekly as “people of the year”.

28 Dec 2012 - 5:38pm

US Senate's backing for Japan's control of Diaoyus attacked

Senator Jim Webb. Photo: NYT

The US Senate's backing last week for Japan's administration of the disputed East China Sea islands will only escalate tensions between Beijing and Tokyo, Chinese analysts say.

Beijing has yet to officially respond, but Xinhua yesterday carried a commentary that said the senators' attempt to "fish in troubled waters will not succeed".

2 Dec 2012 - 6:04am 5 comments

PLA navy sea strut a heads-up for next month's Japan-US military drill

Photo: SCMP

So suggests Global Times, as China Daily accuses Japan of overreacting.

17 Oct 2012 - 9:08am

Ex-diplomat says Sino-Japanese rift part of US agenda

Ukeru Magosaki, left, says US plotted fall of Yukio Hatoyama, centre, and Ichiro Ozawa

A former Japanese diplomat has accused the United States of manipulating Japan since the second world war in order to "eliminate" prime ministers who sought to develop better relations with Beijing.

Ukeru Magosaki, who also served as the head of the Foreign Ministry's Intelligence and Analysis Bureau, has recently written a book that has soared to the top of Japan's bestseller lists.

16 Oct 2012 - 8:02am

Japan's PM Noda calls for talks on Diaoyus dispute

Diaoyu Islands. Photo: AFP

Tokyo appears to have softened its tone in its East China Sea territorial dispute with Beijing, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda calling for bilateral talks to contain economic damage from the diplomatic row.

12 Oct 2012 - 2:52pm 1 comment

IMF says Europe's banks may need to sell more assets

The IMF does not need to lend to Spain, Christine Lagarde says.

The International Monetary Fund said European banks may need to sell as much as US$4.5 trillion in assets to 2013 if policymakers fall short of pledges to stem the fiscal crisis, up 18 per cent from its April estimate.

11 Oct 2012 - 1:11pm

Japan's plan to 'compromise a little' over islands fails to impress Beijing

Diaoyu Islands. Photo: AFP

Japan is reportedly considering an attempt to calm rising tensions with China by "acknowledging" Chinese claims to the disputed Diaoyu Islands, but Beijing has responded to the plan with indifference.

11 Oct 2012 - 12:49pm 2 comments

Chinese carmakers jump – at expense of Japan

Brilliance Automotive workers build BMW sedans in Shenyang, Liaoning. Mainland carmakers may benefit from growing hostility to Japanese products. Photo: EPA

Chinese carmakers rose sharply in the Hong Kong market on Friday, on speculation that rising hostility to Japanese car brands in China will boost domestic sales.

5 Oct 2012 - 2:50pm

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

The anti-Japanese rage that glues Chinese together

The anti-Japanese rage that glues Chinese together

China has been keeping the world's media busy. Early last month, president-in-waiting Xi Jinping suddenly disappeared from the scene. Where was he? Was he sick? Had he had a traffic accident? There was even a rumour suggesting he had been assassinated.

1 Oct 2012 - 3:27am 1 comment

HK activists clash with police over island dispute

Activist Tsang Kin-shing burns a paper Japanese imperial military flag outside the consulate in Central, Hong Kong, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Anti-Japanese protesters scuffled with police in Hong Kong on Wednesday as they tried to enter the Japanese consulate following Tokyo’s decision to buy disputed islands in the East China Sea.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

HK activists no heroes in Diaoyus dispute

Hong Kong activist Tsang Kin Shing, left, who went to the disputed islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China and returned home last Friday, is greeted by supporters as fishing vessel "Kai Fung No. 2" returned to Hong Kong Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. AP Photo

"The Bull" must be in seventh heaven. Tsang Kin-shing, who inherited the nickname from his father, has become a national hero as he enters the Legco election race next month. Mainland newspapers have splashed photos of him and his associates earlier this month confronting Japanese coastguards to plant the nation's flag on one of the Diaoyu Islands.

31 Aug 2012 - 10:16pm