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  • China warns US after Navy ship passes disputed islands claimed by Beijing

    10/27/2015 4:44:49 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 27, 2015 | Fox News' Jennifer Griffin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    China's Foreign Ministry reacted angrily Tuesday after a U.S. Navy ship passed within 12 nautical miles of disputed islands in the South China Sea late Monday in an apparent challenge to Beijing's territorial claims in the region. The ministry said that authorities monitored and warned the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen as it moved inside what China claims as a 12-mile territorial limit around Subi Reef in the Spratly Islands archipelago, a disputed group of hundreds of reefs, islets, atolls and islands in the South China Sea that is also claimed by the Philippines.
  • China says US warship's Spratly islands passage 'illegal'

    10/27/2015 5:31:19 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 hour ago, 2015-10-27 | BBC
    Chinese officials have condemned a US ship's passage near disputed islands in the South China Sea as "illegal". The guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen breached the 12-nautical mile zone China claims around Subi and Mischief reefs in the Spratly archipelago. The freedom of navigation operation is a serious challenge to China's claims over the artificial islands. Its foreign ministry said the ship had been warned and characterised the act as a "threat to China's sovereignty". Lu Kang, the spokesman, added that Beijing would "resolutely respond to any country's deliberately provocative actions" and that the ship had been "tracked and warned" while...
  • It's On: Obama Sends Destroyer To Chinese Islands, China Vows Military Response

    10/26/2015 1:46:41 PM PDT · by amorphous · 170 replies
    Zero Hege ^ | 26 Oct 2015 | Tyler
    For anyone who might still be somehow unaware, the US is currently in a superpower staring match with both Russia and China. The conflict in Syria has put Moscow back on the geopolitical map (so to speak), creating an enormous amount of tension with Washington whose regional allies have been left to look on in horror as Russian airstrikes and an Iranian ground incursion dash hopes of ousting President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, in The South China Sea, Beijing has built 3,000 acres of new sovereign territory atop reefs in the Spratlys and although the reclamation effort itself isn’t unique, the...
  • China Base On Nanji Island Threatens Japan's Senkakus

    01/29/2015 9:54:53 AM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 29, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: War clouds gather in the East China Sea as China, in one of a series of territorial claims against its neighbors, builds a helicopter base within attack range of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims as its own. When President Obama traveled to China last November, we don't suppose that he discussed with his Chinese counterparts their military buildup in the East and South China Seas and their ambitious territorial claims on island chains such as the Spratly, Paracel and Senkaku. As Bill Gertz reports in the Washington Free Beacon, commercial satellites observed construction of a Chinese military helicopter...
  • Japan Record Defense Budget Aims At Curbing China Threat

    01/16/2015 10:02:47 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 16, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Military Spending: In the face of an expansionist China seeking to dominate the East and South China Seas, Tokyo has set its largest defense budget ever to help defend islands that it rightfully considers Japanese territory. As its military, economy and ambitions grow, so too does China's assertiveness about control of the Yellow Sea, the East China Sea and the larger South China Sea. Chinese military doctrine refers to establishing dominance over what it calls the "first island chain," which encompasses the East China Sea. Beijing has long declared the South China Sea to be its territorial waters and has...
  • Life Under the Obama Doctrine

    05/05/2014 3:32:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 3, 2014 | Caroline Glick
    For most commentators, President Barack Obama’s biggest achievement in his four-nation tour of Asia was the enhanced defense treaty he signed with Philippine President Benigno Aquino. The pact permits US forces to operate on Philippine military bases and sets the conditions for joint training of US and Philippine forces, among other things. There are two problems with the treaty, however. And they reflect the basic problem with US foreign policy generally, five-and-a-half years into the Obama presidency. First, there is the reason that the treaty became necessary. The Philippines has been under attack by China since 2012 when China seized...
  • Obama says Japan's disputed islands with China is within scope of U.S.-Japan security treaty

    04/23/2014 7:45:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/23/2014
    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said that islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the U.S.-Japan security treaty, the Yomiuri Shimbun daily said on Wednesday. Obama, who arrives in Japan later on Wednesday on the first step of a four-nation Asian visit, made the remarks in written replies to questions.
  • 280 remote islands to be nationalized (Japan)

    01/09/2014 8:33:22 AM PST · by mojito · 17 replies
    Yomiuri Shimbun-Japan News ^ | 1/9/2014 | Unattributed
    The government will nationalize about 280 islands whose ownership is unknown out of the about 400 remote islands that serve as markers for determining Japan’s territorial waters, the state minister for oceanic policy and territorial issues has announced. Under the plan, announced Tuesday, the government will complete its search for the islands’ owners by June. Islands whose owners have not been tracked down by then will be registered on the national asset ledger. The move aims to clarify the government’s intention to protect territories and territorial waters by designating remote islands as “important national territories,” and to reinforce the management...
  • Obama Throws Japan Under The Bus And Bows To China

    12/03/2013 8:27:48 AM PST · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 3, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: As the media praised the president for sending two B-52s through disputed air space claimed by China, the administration instructed U.S. airlines to get approval as demanded from the Chinese government. After China declared an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea encompassing the Japanese Senkaku Islands, two U.S. B-52s flew through the claimed air space without informing Beijing. It was an appropriate response. Not so appropriate, however, was the Obama administration's instructions to U.S. carriers that they accede to China's demands for prior notification. China announced last week that all aircraft entering the zone...
  • Biden goes on mission to China (what possibly could wrong....)

    12/02/2013 4:33:41 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    December 02, 2013, 06:58 pm Biden goes on mission to China By Julian Pecquet Vice President Biden has been thrust into the center of an escalating standoff with China that is testing him on the global stage ahead of a possible presidential run in 2016. President Obama dispatched Biden to Asia, where he will deliver a strong warning to China for declaring an air defense zone over islands that are also claimed by U.S. ally Japan. “This is an opportunity for Vice President Biden to raise our concerns directly with policymakers in Beijing and to seek clarity regarding the Chinese...
  • Report: White House Blames State Dept. for China Air Defense Zone Kowtow

    12/02/2013 4:58:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 24 replies
    The Atlantic via Twitter ^ | Monday, December 2, 2013 | Steve Clemons
    @StateDept screwed up giving US airlines guidance to share flt info w/#China on Air ID zone. Sr WH officials disavow. w/@VP in Asia@gwbstr thanks - not yet. Some other Sr White House officials saying one hand didn't know what other hand doing #Asia #China Air ID Zone
  • US advises carriers to comply with China air zone

    11/30/2013 1:26:37 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 29, 2013 | AP
    BEIJING — The United States advised U.S. carriers to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights. It was the first time since proclaiming the zone on Nov. 23 that China said it sent planes there on the same day as foreign military flights, although it said it merely identified the foreign planes and took no further action. China announced last week that...
  • China Imposes No-Fly Zone Over Japanese Islands

    11/25/2013 5:03:46 PM PST · by raptor22 · 15 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 25, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Maritime Grab: Iran isn't the only nuclear threat to worry about. As its military and economy have grown, so too have China's dreams of dominating an island chain centered on Taiwan and including Japan's Senkakus. China's increased belligerence in the region is part of its plan to control the Yellow Sea, the South China Sea and the larger East China Sea. Its military doctrine refers to dominance over the "first island chain," which encompasses the East China Sea. The next step is dominance over what Beijing calls the second island chain extending from Japan to Indonesia. Some analysts have even...
  • F-16s To Egypt, But Not To Taiwan?

    02/07/2013 4:17:40 PM PST · by raptor22 · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 7, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Unlike the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which faces no existential threat, our Asian ally faces an increasingly belligerent and well-armed China. Yet only one gets the latest weaponry and the question is why. On Jan. 30, a Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer in the East China Sea near the disputed Senkaku Islands just north of Taiwan was "painted" by fire control-radar from two People's Liberation Army warships, believed to be the Chinese frigates Linyungang and Wenzhou. This was just the latest provocation by a China flexing its deep water naval muscle as it asserts itself in the East and South...
  • Japan Answers China’s Warnings Over Islands’ Airspace

    11/25/2013 8:54:46 AM PST · by mojito · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | 11/25/2013 | Martin Fackler
    TOKYO — Matching China’s stern rhetoric with warnings of his own, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan vowed on Monday to defend his nation’s airspace after China declared an air defense zone over a disputed group of islands in the East China Sea. Speaking in Parliament, Mr. Abe called China’s move an unacceptable effort to change the status quo with threats of force. He described it as a dangerous ratcheting up of tensions in the standoff over the uninhabited islands, which are administered by Japan but also claimed by China. “We are determined to defend our country’s air and sea...
  • US: China Claim of Air Rights Over Disputed Islands 'Creates Risk Of Incident'

    11/24/2013 4:50:08 PM PST · by lbryce · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | November 24, 2013 | Chelsea J. Carter and Kevin Wang,
    The United States warned Saturday that China's military claim to airspace over a disputed island chain creates the risk of "misunderstanding and miscalculation." The creation of an "Air Defense Identification Zone" by China, which its top defense official described as an early-warning system, comes amid rising tensions between China and Japan over claims to the islands that are believed to have large oil reserves. "This unilateral action constitutes an attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea. Escalatory action will only increase tensions in the region and create risks of an incident," U.S. Secretary of State John...
  • US criticizes new China zone, vows to defend Japan

    11/24/2013 1:51:15 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/23/2013 | Yahoo News
    Geneva (AFP) - The United States said Saturday it was "deeply concerned" and committed to defending Japan after China announced an air zone in the East China Sea that includes disputed islands. In a move that US ally Japan branded as "very dangerous," China said it was setting up the "air defense identification zone" over the islands administered by Tokyo to "guard against potential air threats." (snip) Hagel reiterated that the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands -- which the Chinese claim and call the Diaoyu -- fell under the US-Japan security treaty, meaning that Washington would defend its ally Tokyo if the...
  • China warns U.S., Japan, Australia not to gang up in sea disputes

    10/07/2013 9:44:24 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 12 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Oct. 07, 2013 - 03:58PM JST
    China said on Monday the United States, Australia and Japan should not use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and urged them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions. On Friday, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the maritime disputes during a trilateral strategic dialogue in Bali, Indonesia. Relations between China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have been troubled in recent years by a row over tiny, uninhabited islands in the East China...
  • Chinese vessels begin circling Senkakus again

    02/10/2013 11:53:12 AM PST · by traumer · 17 replies
    NAHA, OKINAWA PREF. – Chinese surveillance ships were spotted near the Senkaku Islands on Sunday, the coast guard reported, showing that China isn’t backing down from Japan’s allegations of radar-lock provocations in the East China Sea. Four Chinese surveillance vessels entered the contiguous zone adjacent to Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkakus from around 7 a.m., said the 11th Regional Coast Guard Headquarters in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Their return to the Senkakus came just after Onodera said Chinese movements around the islet chain had “calmed” in the wake of Tuesday’s announcement. On Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said that a Chinese...
  • Two Chilling Developments Suggest Asia May Be One Step Away From War

    02/08/2013 11:59:35 AM PST · by blam · 68 replies
    TBI ^ | 2-8-2013 | Robert Johnson
    Two Chilling Developments Suggest Asia May Be One Step Away From War Robert JohnsonFebruary 8, 2013, 9:38 AM China and Japan, along with North and South Korean troops at the DMZ, appear one step away from armed combat and tensions don't look likely to ease any time soon. New developments within both regions illustrate how close to open combat the four countries are, and how quickly one incident could expand to war among very powerful nations. Tokyo reported two January events where Chinese naval vessels targeted its East China Sea forces with fire-control radar. This specific type of radar is...
  • China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea

    01/11/2013 8:29:03 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    TBI ^ | 1-11-2013 | Robert Johnson
    China Sends Fighter Jets To Meet Japan's F-15s In The East China Sea Robert JohnsonJan. 11, 2013, 8:49 AMSino Defence After repeatedly flying surveillance aircraft into disputed airspace with Japan, and Tokyo scrambling F-15s in response, China's now sending fighters of its own on "routine flights" into the East China Sea. China Daily: A Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday that Chinese military planes were on"routine flights" in relevant airspace over the East China Sea. Spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a press briefing in response to media reports that Japan sent fighter jets to head off a number of...
  • Japan scrambles jets to head off China plane flying near disputed islands

    01/05/2013 9:49:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Straights Times ^ | 01/05/2013
    TOKYO (AFP) - Japan scrambled fighter jets on Saturday to head off a Chinese state-owned plane that flew near islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing, a Japanese Defense Ministry spokesman said. The Japanese jets were mobilised after a Chinese maritime aircraft ventured some 120 km north of the Senkaku islands, which China calls the Diaoyus, at around 12:00 pm (11am Singapore time), the spokesman said. The Chinese Y-12 twin-turboprop later left the zone without entering Japanese airspace over the islands, he added. It was the first time Japanese fighter jets had been scrambled this year...
  • China: Big U.S. Fleet Nears Disputed Islands, But What For?

    10/02/2012 12:22:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Time ^ | September 30, 2012 | Kirk Spitzer
    Big U.S. Fleet Nears Disputed Islands, But What For? By Kirk Spitzer | September 30, 2012 TOKYO – It’s probably just a coincidence; no need to worry yet. But the U.S. has quietly assembled a powerful air, land and sea armada not far from where Japan and China are squaring off over disputed islands in the East China Sea. Two Navy aircraft carrier battle groups and a Marine Corps air-ground task force have begun operating in the Western Pacific, within easy reach of the Senkaku Islands. That’s where Japanese and Chinese patrol boats are engaged in an increasingly tense standoff.
  • China's First Carrier Pointed At Japan Over Senkakus

    09/30/2012 8:25:20 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    True Conservatives On Twitter | September 30, 2012
    Far East: Wars have started over less weighty issues than the sovereignty of islands in the East China Sea called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are barely rocks above water, but they sit atop valuable resources and are rapidly becoming a flash point as a rising power confronts one whose sun has set. These islands have become involved in a three-way tug of war between China, Taiwan and Japan with each sending fishing boats, even armed vessels, to the area. Private boats from Japan recently journeyed to the Senkakus to plant the Japanese flag one more time....
  • Panetta Warns of War Between China and Japan Over Disputed Islands

    09/17/2012 8:56:52 AM PDT · by AmonAmarth · 41 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | September 17, 2012 | Patrick Goodenough
    ( – Exchanging warnings but avoiding confrontations thus far, Chinese and Japanese ships have come within less than half a nautical mile of each other in an ongoing dispute over the sovereignty of contested islands. Amid deepening tensions in a long-running saga over the uninhabited islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday about the possibility of war between the two Asian countries. “What we don't want is to have any kind of provocative behavior on the part of China or anybody else result in conflict,” he told reporters accompanying him on...
  • Asian disputes could trigger war (Leon Panetta)

    09/16/2012 6:13:43 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 41 replies
    sky news ^ | 9/17 | sky news
    China and other Asian countries could end up at war over territorial disputes if governments keep up their 'provocative behaviour', US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta says. Speaking to reporters before arriving in Tokyo on a trip to Asia, Panetta appealed for restraint amid mounting tensions over territorial rights in the East China Sea and the South China Sea. 'I am concerned that when these countries engage in provocations of one kind or another over these various islands, that it raises the possibility that a misjudgment on one side or the other could result in violence, and could result in conflict,'...
  • Japan's ambassador-designate to China dies in Tokyo

    09/16/2012 8:11:25 AM PDT · by traumer · 18 replies
    TOKYO — Japan’s ambassador-designate to China, Shinichi Nishimiya, died on Sunday in a Tokyo hospital, the Foreign Ministry said, three days after he was found unconscious on a Tokyo street. Doctors were looking into the cause of death, ministry official Takashi Ariyoshi said in a statement, but no other details were available. Nishimiya, 60, was found unconscious on a street near his home on his way to work. Nishimiya was to have left in mid-October to take over from Uichiro Niwa as Japan’s top envoy in Beijing. While coincidental, Nishimiya’s death came as tensions flared up between Japan and China...
  • Anti-Japan protests in China swell, turn violent

    09/16/2012 7:54:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Seatle Times ^ | 09/16/2012 | Didi Tang
    Protests against Japan over its control of disputed islands spread across more than two dozen cities in China and turned violent at times Saturday, with protesters burning Japanese flags and clashing with Chinese paramilitary police at the Japanese Embassy before order was restored. Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the embassy in Beijing. Hundreds tried to storm a metal barricade backed by riot police armed with shields, helmets and batons. Many threw rocks, bottles, eggs and traffic cones at the embassy. The embassy said protesters around the country set fire to Japanese factories, sabotaged assembly lines, looted department stores...
  • China summons Japanese ambassador over disputed islands

    01/16/2003 4:28:15 PM PST · by scootshome · 14 replies · 267+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 1-5-03 | Yahoo INC
    Vice minister of foreign affairs Wang Yi summoned Japanese ambassador to China, Koreshige Anami, and made a "formal representation" over Japan's reported leasing of three disputed isles in the East China Sea, state press said early Sunday. Xinhua news agency said Wang Saturday noted that the Diaoyu Islands -- also known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China -- and adjacent islets had been a part of China since ancient times. "Any unilateral action on the islands by the Japanese side is illegal and invalid, which China will not accept," Wang said. "The Chinese government and people have the...