Senkaku Islands

INTERVIEW/ Sun Ge: Unprejudiced curiosity is needed to mend...
Sun Ge in Beijing (Photo by Tamako Sado)
BEIJING--Confrontation between Japan and China over the perception of their shared history continues to only deepen nearly 70 years after the end of World War II.
China: 'No change' policy in improving ties with Japan
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China on Aug. 28 rejected remarks by former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda that Beijing had expressed willingness to improve ties between Asia's two biggest...
China’s vice president calls for improved ties with Tokyo
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao says that both Tokyo and Beijing should cast aside minor differences to pursue common interests.
Chinese journalist Ma Licheng calls on Japan, China to 'tone down...
Ma Licheng, a Beijing-based journalist who criticized both Japanese and Chinese nationalism in an essay published in 2002, visited Japan in mid-July and was interviewed by The...
INSIGHT: Hints of progress after Japan-China foreign ministers...
Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, center in back row, and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, right in front row, attend a ceremony on the sidelines of the ASEAN conference in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Aug. 10. (Nozomu Hayashi)
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar--Soon after arriving here for the ASEAN conference, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said “see you” when he bumped into his Japanese counterpart, Fumio...
INTERVIEW/ Bates Gill: Optimism for China’s future dims as it...
Bates Gill in Tokyo (Photo by Kazuo Yamamoto)
A more confident and assertive China, belying its "peaceful rise" rhetoric of the past, seems increasingly less interested in pursuing constructive relations with its neighbors,...
China says Japan fighter jets shadowed its planes over disputed...
F-15 fighter jets stationed at the Komatsu Air Base in Ishikawa Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Japanese fighter jets shadowed Chinese aircraft patrolling over disputed waters, China's Ministry of Defense said on Aug. 7, in the latest flare-up of a spat over air...
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.
Ex-Prime Minister Fukuda meets secretly with Chinese President Xi
Former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In an apparent bid to end the diplomatic deadlock between Japan and China, Yasuo Fukuda, a former prime minister, used his own contacts to set up a secret meeting with Chinese...
Japan names 5 isles near Senkaku Islands; China protests
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan gave names to five small isles near the disputed Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea on Aug. 1, drawing an immediate protest from Beijing.
Saga Airport eyed as key base for protection of islands in East...
The tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Defense Ministry intends to transform Saga city's commercial airport into a key military hub to protect outlying islands and counter China’s maritime advances in the East ...
DPJ leader Kaieda gets the cold shoulder in Beijing
Banri Kaieda, left, president of the Democratic Party of Japan, meets with Chinese leader Liu Yunshan, right, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July 16. (Ryutaro Abe)
BEIJING--The visiting head of Japan's main opposition party got a chilly reception in Beijing, reflecting China's anger with the Democratic Party of Japan for exacerbating a...
Abe wants to hold summit with China at APEC
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on July 14 (Shogo Koshida)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on July 14 he wanted to hold a summit with China at the APEC leaders meeting in Beijing in November to improve relations strained by territorial...
INTERVIEW/ Daniel Russel: U.S. hopes China will agree to Japan’s ...
Daniel Russel (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The top Asia policymaker in the Obama administration said he believes that the watchword for territorial disputes in East Asia should be “restraint.”
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 ...
INTERVIEW/ Dennis Blair: China containing itself by aggressive...
Dennis Blair (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
The former commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific said the United States is not trying to contain China, but that Beijing is “containing itself” through its aggressive...
Japan, China reopen dialogue over economy, environmental issues
Smog enshrouds a statue of Mao Tse-tung in central Shenyang, Liaoning province, in October 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--Governmental exchanges between economic and environmental authorities from China and Japan have resumed, in spite of the heightened political tension between the two...
Chinese general slams Japan, U.S. on final day of Asia Security...
Wang Guangzhong, China's Deputy Chief, General Staff Department, People's Liberation Army of China, delivers his speech on "Major Power Perspectives on Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific," on June 1 in Singapore during the Asia Security Summit, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE--Going off-script in his speech at an Asian security conference, a high-ranking Chinese military officer blasted Japan and the United States for ganging up on Beijing,...
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...