East China Sea

Japan’s SDF to assist U.S. military globally under new guidelines
Members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force and U.S. Marines hold a ceremony to kick off a joint drill at the Sekiyama training site in Niigata Prefecture on Feb. 25. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and the United States will eliminate existing geographical constraints under their revised defense cooperation framework to enable the Japanese Self-Defense Forces to...
Sources: Chinese fighter made dangerous pass to obstruct SDF plane
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Forces aircraft June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
BEIJING--Chinese fighter jets that flew within a whisker of Self-Defense Forces aircraft in the East China Sea in May and June obstructed an Air SDF aircraft in a highly...
China and Japan talk in Myanmar on easing political tensions
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, foreground second right, waits for the commence of 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (AP Photo)
BEIJING--China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Japan to "make practical efforts to overcome existing political obstacles between the two sides" during an informal meeting...
Defense White Paper takes aim at China's maritime provocations
A Chinese Su-27 fighter that approached Self-Defense Forces aircraft on June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
China's recent saber-rattling moves in the East China Sea are seen as a major cause for alarm in this year's Defense White Paper.
Japan seeks talks with China at November summit
Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's top government spokesman said July 11 that an Asian regional summit in Beijing this November would be a good opportunity for the leaders of Japan and China to hold...
Japan, Australia to develop closer defense ties with eye toward...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signs an agreement with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on July 8 on defense equipment and technology exchanges. (Shogo Koshida)
The close relationship being developed between Japan and Australia is being orchestrated with one target in mind: China.
Japan fighters scramble record number of times
In this photo taken by Japan Air Self-Defense Force and released by the Joint Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan, a Russian fighter jet SU-27 flies over the sea off the Japanese island of Hokkaido Feb. 7, 2013. The Defense Ministry said two SU-27 jets, including the one shown in this photo, briefly intruded into Japanese airspace in the afternoon off the coast of Rishiri island on Hokkaido's west coast, prompting Japan’s air force to scramble jets. (AP Photo/Joint Staff Office of Defense Ministry of Japan)
Japan scrambled fighter jets a record number of times between April and June amid increased activity of Russian and Chinese aircraft, the Defense Ministry said on July 9, and...
Latest E-2D Hawkeyes perfect fit for Japan's complex surveillance...
The East China Sea has become the number one global hotspot for sparring air forces. Almost daily, Japan is sending military aircraft to monitor Chinese air force planes flying ...
China says it will never seek regional hegemony
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, right, and Myanmar President Thein Sein pose for the photo before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 28.  (AP Photo)
BEIJING--Chinese President Xi Jinping said June 28 his country will never seek hegemony no matter how strong it becomes, even as his neighbors worry about Beijing's actions in...
China's coercion in maritime disputes is damaging its...
Daniel Russel, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--China's coercive efforts to enforce its territorial claims in disputed waters are not just raising tensions but damaging its international standing, a senior U.S....
Geostrategic needs push old allies Russia and China closer
There are recent signs that Russia and China are growing closer.
Beijing: SDF fighters approached first in East China Sea encounter
An image released by Beijing shows an Air Self-Defense Force F-15 fighter jet allegedly approaching a Chinese patrol aircraft. (From the Chinese Ministry of National Defense website)
BEIJING--China rejected Japan’s reports of a close encounter in the East China Sea, claiming Japanese fighter jets buzzed a Chinese patrol plane first.
Chinese fighter buzzes SDF aircraft again
A Chinese military Su-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Force aircraft June 11 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
For the second time since China arbitrarily established a new air defense identification zone in November, a Chinese fighter jet flew within a whisker of a Japanese...
ANALYSIS: Abe refocused attention from Ukraine to China at G-7...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe greets Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council, right, and José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, in Brussels on June 4. (Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walked a diplomatic tightrope at the first Group of Seven summit meeting without Russia in 16 years, as he tried to divert world leaders' eyes from...
Hagel: China territorial claims destabilize region
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left, poses with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from right, right, before their meeting on May 30 in Singapore. Also joining them are Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, right, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Hagel is in Singapore to attend the 13th Asia Security Summit. (AP Photo/ Pool)
SINGAPORE--Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned an international security conference on May 31 that the U.S. "will not look the other way" when nations such as China try to...
With Obama's visit to Japan, rebalancing strategy starting to...
U.S. President Barack Obama's tour of Asia in late April that included a visit to Japan was reassuring to the friends and allies of the United States in the region such as...
Beijing defends scrambling of fighters against SDF aircraft in...
An OP-3C surveillance plane of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
By scrambling two fighter jets to go nose to nose with Japanese surveillance planes, Beijing is apparently trying to gain recognition of its air defense identification zone in...
Chinese fighters come within meters of Japan military planes
A Chinese military SU-27 fighter jet that approached a Self-Defense Force aircraft on May 24 (Provided by the Defense Ministry)
Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, Japanese officials said on May 25, prompting the defense minister to...
China gives Putin a diplomatic boost
Russia's President Vladimir Putin, left, and China's President Xi Jinping shake hands after signing an agreement during a bilateral meeting at the Xijiao State Guesthouse ahead of the fourth Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit, in Shanghai, China May 20, 2014. (AP Photo)
SHANGHAI--President Vladimir Putin met May 20 with China's president in a diplomatic boost for the isolated Russian leader but the two sides had yet to agree on a widely...
Japan, worried about China, strengthens ties with NATO
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen hold a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on May 6. (AP Photo)
BRUSSELS--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, concerned about China’s rising military spending and disputes with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea, signed a new...