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US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera participate in a joint news conference at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters Sunday April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel announced that the U.S. is planning to forward-deploy two additional AEGIS ballistic missile defense ships to Japan by 2017. AP

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Hagel to tour China’s new aircraft carrier

Accompanied by Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, left, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, right, reviews the honor guard at the Japanese Ministry of Defense headquarters April 6, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Secretary Hagel is visiting Japan, China and Mongolia, on his fourth trip to Asian nations since taking office. AP

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to get a rare tour Monday of China’s first aircraft carrier, becoming the first foreign visitor to go aboard the ship.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Hundreds rally against Okinawa base move plan

In this video image taken from AP video, protesters march against the relocation plan of the US base in Naha, Okinawa prefecture, Feb. 11, 2014. Several hundred people rallied Tuesday against a contentious plan to relocate a U.S. military base to another site on Okinawa ahead of U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy's visit to the southern Japanese island. AP

Several hundred people rallied Tuesday against a plan to relocate a U.S. military base on the Japanese island of Okinawa ahead of a visit by U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.

Posted: February 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan assures US of calm response to China tension

Secretary of State John Kerry and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida walk off after speaking after their meeting at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. AP

Japan assured the U.S. Friday that it will respond calmly to actions by China that have increased tensions between the two Asian powers.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

China tightens air defense zone, warns foreign planes

The Senkaku islands, known as Diaoyu in China. AP  Photo

China said on Friday it had begun to issue warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan.

Posted: January 25th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US advises carriers to comply with China air zone

In this May 16, 2007 file photo, a B-52 passes overhead at the National Security Forum air demonstration at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. China said Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 it had monitored two unarmed U.S. bombers that flew over the East China Sea in defiance of Beijing's declaration it was exercising greater military control over the area. Tuesday's flight of the B-52 bombers underscored U.S. assertions that it will not comply with Chinese demands that aircraft flying through its newly declared maritime air defense zone identify themselves and accept Chinese instructions. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Karen S. Doerr, File)

The United States advised US 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.

Posted: November 30th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan PM renews claim on disputed islands

This handout picture taken by the Japan Coast Guard on January 19, 2013 shows a Chinese Marine Surveillance ship cruising inside waters around the disputed islands known as the Senkaku islands in Japan and the Diaoyu islands in China, in the East China Sea.  AFP  / JAPAN COAST GUARD FILE PHOTO

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe renewed his claims on disputed East China Sea islands as he visited nearby islands. He urged border security officials to boost their guard against China’s increased activity in the region.

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan to launch satellites to monitor oceans

The Senkaku islands, known as Diaoyu in China. AP  Photo

Japan is planning to launch satellites to monitor the world’s oceans, a report said Sunday, as Chinese government ships plied waters around islands controlled by Tokyo and claimed by Beijing.

Posted: July 7th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Chinese ships in disputed-islands waters—Japan

Three Chinese government ships entered the waters of disputed Tokyo-controlled islands on Monday, Japan’s coast guard said, as a long-running row shows no sign of fading.

Posted: May 13th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Taiwan, Japan sign disputed isles fishing accord

Japan's Interchange Association Chairman Mitsuo Ohashi, left, and Taiwan's Association of East Asian Relations Chairman Liao Liou-yi pose for photographers after signing official agreements to allow Taiwanese trawlers to fish in the disputed islands in the Japanese economic zone, known as the Diaoyutai in Chinese, and Senkaku in Japanese, at the government guest house in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, April 10. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Taiwan and Japan Wednesday signed a fishing rights accord for waters near islands at the center of a territorial row that has soured ties between Beijing and Tokyo, officials said, with China expressing serious concern about the deal.

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan plans $2.1 bn military spend in stimulus package—official

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Japan plans to spend $2.1 billion on its military over the next few months as part of a huge stimulus package, a defense ministry official said Wednesday, amid growing concerns over a rising China.

Posted: January 9th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan scrambles fighters for China plane

A Japan Coast Guard's patrol boat, third from the top, and a Taiwanese patrol boat, 4th from the top, discharge water each other near disputed islands called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, in the East China Sea, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. AP FILE PHOTO

Japan scrambled eight fighter jets on Thursday after a Chinese state-owned plane breached its airspace for the first time, over islands at the centre of a dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

Posted: December 13th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Japan ‘stole’ our islands: China tells UN

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China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi sparked angry exchanges with Japanese diplomats at the United Nations by accusing Japan of stealing disputed islands.

Posted: September 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

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