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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi sparked angry exchanges with Japanese diplomats at the United Nations by accusing Japan of stealing disputed islands.
China and Japan traded angry accusations in a late-night spat over a small group of islands in the East China Sea that both claim.
A territorial flare-up between China and Japan intensified Tuesday as two Beijing-sent patrol ships arrived near disputed East China Sea islands in a show of anger over Tokyo’s purchase of the largely barren outcroppings from their private owners.
By Eric Talmadge
Japan’s government said Monday it has decided to purchase several disputed islands, prompting China to angrily warn of “serious consequences” if it proceeds with the plan.
By Malcolm Foster
Media reports say the Japanese government has agreed to buy several privately owned islands in the East China Sea that are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China.
Japan plans to replace its ambassador to China possibly in October amid a growing territorial row over a group of islands in the East China Sea, the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported Sunday.