East China Sea

U.S. defense chief gets earful as China visit exposes tensions
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan shake hands at the end of a joint news conference at the Chinese Defense Ministry headquarters in Beijing, China on April 8. The defense chiefs of China and the U.S. faced off Tuesday over Beijing's escalating territorial disputes in the region, as Hagel, wagging his finger, said China doesn't have the right to unilaterally establish an air defense zone over disputed islands with no consultation. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Tensions between China and the United States were on full display on April 8 as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel faced questions in Beijing about America's position in...
U.S. defense chief, in first, to visit China's aircraft carrier
The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expects to visit China's sole aircraft carrier when he arrives in the country on April 7, a U.S. official said, in an unprecedented opening...
Xi tells U.S. to be 'fair' on China's maritime disputes
U.S. President Barack Obama during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Amsterdam on March 24 (AP photo)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Barack Obama on March 24 that the United States should adopt a "fair" attitude on the East and South China Seas, where ...
Beijing hesitant on setting ADIZ in South China Sea
The Asahi Shimbun
China appears to be taking a cautious stance toward establishing an air defense identification zone in the South China Sea, partly due to strong resistance by the United States ...
REALITY CHECK: What the Senkakus issue entails for Washington
The Asahi Shimbun
On Sept. 8, 2012, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda sat across from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a long, narrow table with plastic bottles of water separated the two...
China pushes back on N.Korea, S.China Sea as Kerry visits
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Feb. 14. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Ministry pushed back against U.S. pressure on North Korea and the disputed South China Sea on Feb. 14, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in ...
China criticizes Japan's move to seek compensation over 2010 ship...
An image from a video posted on YouTube. The footage is believed to show a Chinese trawler that collided with a Japan Coast Guard vessel off the Senkaku Islands in September 2010. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China expressed anger on Feb. 12 over Japan's plan to seek compensation from the captain of a Chinese trawler that collided with a Japan Coast Guard vessel in 2010 to...
Japan assures U.S. of calm response to China tension
Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida to speak after their meeting at the State Department in Washington on Feb. 7. (AP photo)
WASHINGTON--Japan assured the U.S. on Feb. 7 that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.
China's navy holds Indian Ocean drills
BEIJING--A three-ship Chinese navy squadron has concluded exercises in the Indian Ocean and sailed on to the western Pacific, showing off the growing reach of the country's...
Beijing preparing new air defense zone in South China Sea
The Asahi Shimbun
BEIJING--China is laying out plans to define another new air defense identification zone, but this time in the South China Sea, sources said, which could further escalate...
Tense times in skies over East China Sea
The waves are choppy in the East China Sea. In addition to the row over the Senkaku Islands, the development of undersea energy resources and the presence of Chinese naval...
China sent 50 maritime patrol missions to Senkakus in 2013
A Japan Coast Guard ship, back, monitors the activities of a Chinese government vessel in the contiguous zone near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China sent 50 patrol missions into Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea in 2013, the state-run Xinhua News Agency quoted...
Philippines says China insists it will regulate fishing in...
Pagasa Island is one of the eight islets controlled by the Philippines among the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MANILA--China has insisted it will regulate fishing in the disputed South China Sea under its laws despite protests by neighboring countries, a Philippine official said Ja. 14.
Freedom of navigation pits Japan, U.S. against China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and ASEAN leaders pose for a photo session ahead of a commemorative summit in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Pool)
With Japan and the United States in one corner, and China in the other, the issue of freedom of navigation is taking center stage as China’s growing maritime presence...
Critical juncture for Chinese diplomacy: What follows intimidation?
Both Japan and China have been busy this fall reforming the crisis management and security policies of their respective administrations.
Japan unable to get ASEAN members on same page at special summit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, talks at the opening of the first session of the special summit meeting between Japan and ASEAN in Tokyo on Dec. 14. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is sitting next to him. (Satoru Senba)
A wide gap in priorities emerged in the special summit meeting between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Tokyo on Dec. 14, with security...
Japan, ASEAN vow to ensure freedom of navigation
Leaders of the ASEAN and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend the first session of ASEAN-Japan commemorative summit meeting at the state guesthouse in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries on Dec. 14 pledged to cooperate in ensuring freedom of navigation during a summit overshadowed by concerns over China's...
China condemns Abe for criticizing air defense zone
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at his official residence after summit meetings with 10 Southeast Asian countries, in Tokyo, on Dec. 14. Abe urged China to rescind a maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea and said Japan would stick to its decision advising airlines to continue their operations as they had before. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China has condemned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for "maliciously slandering" its air defense zone in an escalating war of words between the neighbors.
More airlines submit flight plans to China, while Japanese...
The Asahi Shimbun
Airlines in three Southeast Asian countries are submitting flight plans to Chinese authorities in connection with the new air defense identification zone set by China last...
Asian nations urge peace in sea disputes, unlikely to blame China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, greets Philippine President Benigno Aquino before their meeting at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Dec. 13. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Asian nations must ensure that territorial disputes do not erupt into conflict, leaders said on Dec. 13, with Japan and the Philippines reaffirming their commitment to freedom...