April 10, 2013
EAST ASIA Japan-Taiwan deal prompts ire in China China expressed deep concern Wednesday after Japan and Taiwan signed a fishing agreement for the seas around a disputed group of East China Sea islands that have been at the center of an increasingly hostile standoff between Beijing and Tokyo. "We hope that Japan earnestly abides by its promises on the Taiwan issue and acts cautiously and appropriately," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said. Japan recognizes Taiwan as...
February 20, 2013 |
TOKYO — China has a "deeply ingrained" need to spar with Japan and other Asian neighbors over territory, because the ruling Communist Party uses the disputes to maintain strong domestic support, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in an interview. Clashes with neighbors, notably Japan, play to popular opinion, Abe said, given a Chinese education system that emphasizes patriotism and "anti-Japanese sentiment. " Abe's theory on the entrenched motivation behind China's recent...
February 5, 2013 |
SEOUL — A Chinese military vessel last week locked its weapons-targeting radar on a Japanese warship, Japan's Ministry of Defense said Tuesday, marking a brief but dangerous escalation in the showdown over maritime territory between Asia's two largest economies. The Chinese ship eventually unlocked its radar without firing a shot, the ministry said, but the alleged incident underscores how the neighbors — wrangling over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea — are just...
September 25, 2012 |
TOKYO — Tuesday's confrontation between Japanese and Taiwanese coast guard vessels hardly ranks among the great naval battles — the only weapons deployed were water cannon, and the Taiwanese beat a dignified retreat after a few hours. But the televised maritime contest certainly highlighted the rising passions surrounding the Senkaku islands, a tiny Japanese-controlled archipelago that is also claimed by Taiwan and, more dangerously, by its giant neighbor, China. Worrying cracks have appeared along a...
September 21, 2012 |
AS PRESIDENT Obama indulged in some pre-electoral China-bashing — announcing a trade case on auto parts during a campaign appearance in Ohio — his secretary of defense was learning how such nationalist games are played across the Pacific. Leon Panetta's visit to Tokyo and Beijing this week coincided with mass demonstrations in scores of Chinese cities , where crowds burned Japanese flags, trashed Japanese cars and sang patriotic songs — all under the approving eyes of state security forces.
September 13, 2012 |
TOKYO — In an increasingly fierce dispute over control of tiny islands and the sea around them, six Chinese maritime patrol ships entered Japanese waters Friday. Japan's coast guard asked the ships to leave; China said they had every right to be there. The standoff occurred near a group of contested, uninhabited rocky outcroppings that Japan's central government recently purchased , prompting threats from China that it will increase surveillance of the area. China's state-run Xinhua news...