Tag Archives: East China Sea Dispute

Chinese Coastguard Ships Approached Disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands

Chinese ships back near the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Japan’s Coast Guard identified three Chinese coast guard ships inside Japan’s territorial waters off the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea over the weekend. The Chinese vessels spent around two hours in Japan’s territorial waters. The incursion is the first since September 19. Separately, one of […]

China, Japan exchange barbs over action by warplanes in East China Sea

(Reuters) – Japan and China on Sunday accused each other’s air forces of dangerous behavior over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen meters of its warplanes. Japan’s defense minister accused Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. China’s defense ministry said […]

US strongly committed to protecting Japan

YOKOTA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan — Against the backdrop of Russia’s takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday that a key message he will deliver to leaders in Tokyo this weekend is that the U.S. is strongly committed to protecting Japan’s security. Hagel said it is understandable for nations to be […]

US: We stand by our allies

WASHINGTON—“There should be no doubt about resolve of the United States. We stand by our allies and we stand by our commitments,” Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, the top US diplomat for East Asia, told a Senate panel that oversees policy in the region. The United States on Thursday cautioned China that it will […]

China’s Military Modernization: Why It Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

The National People’s Congress is wrapping up in Beijing this week, but the final meetings are still attracting widespread attention. On March 11, Chinese President (and Chairman of the Central Military Commission) Xi Jinping attended a meeting of NPC delegates from the People’s Liberation Army. Interestingly, both Chinese and Western media focused on similar themes […]

INSIGHT – Japan, U.S. differ on China in talks on ‘grey zone’ military threats

(Reuters) – As Japan and the United States start talks on how to respond to armed incidents that fall short of a full-scale attack on Japan, officials in Tokyo worry that their ally is reluctant to send China a strong message of deterrence. Military officials meet this week in Hawaii to review bilateral defence guidelines […]

US, Japan to Jointly Develop Littoral Combat Ship

Amid escalating tensions between Japan and China, a 12.2 percent budget increase in China’s defense spending, and fears that budget cuts for the U.S. military could have a negative impact on the United States’ ability to “pivot” to Asia, U.S. and Japanese officials have announced plans to co-develop a new high-speed vessel capable of carrying […]

Japan publishes photos of Chinese aircraft entering its ADIZ

The Japanese defense ministry has recently published photos of Chinese aircraft in its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea on its official website, according to China’s Global Times. Quoting an official from the Japanese defense ministry, the Tokyo-based Kyodo News said Chinese aircraft were deployed to the ADIZ close to the […]

China’s media says deployment of troops for war with Japan is now complete; waiting for opportune time to attack

The following is a translation from Chinese media: China has completed military deployment for its war with Japan. All its deployments of troops for the war have been carried out in the name of military drills to fool the enemy. China is now waiting for the opportune timing for the war. It begun to register its […]

Has China Awoken a Sleeping Giant in Japan?

So the Naval Diplomat found a seam in the teaching schedule and promptly winged off to Tokyo, there to lend supersecret counsel to the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Self-Defense Forces. Be afraid, China; be very, very afraid. While here I have consorted with greatness. A journey down Tokyo Bay to visit the U.S.-Japanese […]