East China Sea

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.
ANALYSIS: Hotline with China only first step toward avoiding...
A Chinese military vessel receives fuel in the Pacific Ocean about 400 kilometers north of Okinotorishima island in July 2013. (Provided by Defense Ministry)
One positive development from last week’s meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping was their agreement on the need to prevent an unexpected...
INTERVIEW/ Francis Fukuyama: Political polarization stymies U.S....
Francis Fukuyama (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
Noted U.S. political scientist Francis Fukuyama said he does not expect to see meaningful reforms in the United States in the next six years due to political polarization...
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...