East China Sea

China creates 3 new army units to modernize military
In this Dec. 31, 2015 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, front left, gives a military flag to Wei Fenghe, front center, commander of the Rocket Force of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), and Wang Jiasheng, front right, political commissar of the Rocket Force, in Beijing. (Xinhua via AP)
BEIJING--China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernize its military--the world's largest standing force--and improve its fighting capacity.
China air force patrols in Beijing's ADIZ in the East China Sea
The Asahi Shimbun
BEIJING--China's air force had flown bombers and other jets through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to drills in the Western Pacific, and had carried out a...
Japan, China to discuss avoiding maritime encounters next month
The Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Japanese and Chinese officials will meet next month to discuss contentious maritime issues, including how to avoid unexpected clashes in the East China Sea.
Japan backs U.S. military moves around Spratly Islands
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani shake hands before their meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 3. (Isamu Nikaido)
KUALA LUMPUR--Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said Japan supports U.S. military maneuvers in areas that Beijing unilaterally claims as its own maritime territory in the South...
INSIGHT: Chance encounter could set unavoidable spiral of...
A Japan Coast Guard patrol boat, foreground, follows Chinese marine surveillance ships within Japan's territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese and Chinese fighter jets, which are at daily loggerheads, are drawn into hostilities over the South China Sea.
Abe protests to China envoy over Nanking Massacre documents making ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Oct. 14 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has clashed with a high-ranking Chinese official over Beijing’s successful bid to list documents related to the 1937 Nanking Massacre on UNESCO’s...
SDF members ready for greater risks, while families fear for their ...
New recruits of the Self-Defense Forces attend a ceremony in Aichi Prefecture in September. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Reactions of Self-Defense Forces members to the seemingly inevitable enactment of national security legislation ranged from welcoming their expanded overseas roles to...
Japan protests China’s gas development in East China Sea
In a photo released by the Foreign Ministry, a gas flare, a sign of production, is seen at the end of a drilling platform installed by China in the East China Sea. (From the Foreign Ministry website)
Japan has lodged a protest with China over its continuing development of gas fields in the East China Sea in defiance of an earlier agreement to jointly tap the resources.
EDITORIAL: Tokyo, Beijing must avert cycle of mutual distrust in...
One of the newly confirmed offshore gas drilling structures in the East China Sea (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
China is developing gas fields in wide areas on the Chinese side of the median line between its shoreline and that of Japan in the East China Sea.
Yonaguni: From paradise island to military base
Stepping out from Yonaguni Airport’s tiny passenger terminal and turning right down its only access road toward the village of Kubura, one would probably expect a quiet walk...
Japan accuses China of unilaterally developing gas projects near...
One of the newly confirmed offshore gas drilling structures in the East China Sea (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
The government released maps and aerial photos of 16 offshore gas drilling structures as evidence of China's unilateral development of resources near to the median line between ...
POINT OF VIEW/ Adam P. Liff and Andrew S. Erickson: Japan-China...
Since September 2012, two concrete drivers of Sino-Japanese tensions have soared to unprecedented highs: Chinese military and paramilitary activity in the waters and airspace...
U.S. chides China on cybertheft, other tensions, but avoids...
Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with Vice Premier Liu Yandong, right, at the 7th US China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and 6th Consultation on People-to-People (CPE) at the U.S. State Department in Washington on June 23. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--The United States voiced deep concern on June 23 over state-sponsored cybertheft and tension in the disputed seas of East Asia but did not let the sharp...
China, Japan hold finance talks stalled amid tensions
Japan Finance Minister Taro Aso, third from right bottom, and Chinese counterpart, Lou Jiwei, fourth from right, smile at each other at the photo session on June 6 in Beijing. (Provided by the Japan Finance Ministry)
BEIJING--Chinese and Japanese finance ministers held talks June 6 to deepen economic cooperation that had been delayed for about two years over strained relations between the...
U.S. official: China island building now totals 2,000 acres
In this April 20, 2015  file photo, Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang, left, points to reveal recent images of China's reclamation activities being done at the disputed islands in the South China Sea during a news conference at Camp Aguinaldo at suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo)
WASHINGTON--China's rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and could ...
SDF holding third joint amphibious landing exercise on outlying...
SDF members unload vehicles from a hovercraft that landed on Ukujima island during a joint training exercise on April 14. (Sunao Gushiken)
SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--Ground and Maritime Self-Defense Force members are holding joint landing exercises to prepare for the eventual establishment of an amphibious...
China says Japan ties face test, opportunity this year
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China's relations with Japan face a "test" this year linked to whether Japan can properly atone for its wartime past, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on March 15.
China hints at inviting Japan to war memorial parade but warns it...
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
BEIJING--China will welcome all national leaders to a military parade marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the foreign minister said on March 8, the...
China plans to boost military budget by 10.1 percent in 2015
Chinese military officers arrive at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 4. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China announced March 5 that its official military budget will grow by 10.1 percent in the coming year, amid unease among Beijing's neighbors about its growing might...
Abe administration suffered 'diplomatic defeat' by China with...
Ahead of the Nov. 10 meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japan and China announced on Nov. 7 a statement of consensus.