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Japan military chief urges early 'crisis management' pact with China

TOKYO - Japan's highest-ranking military officer on Friday urged an early start to a "crisis management" mechanism with China amid conflicting claims to a group of tiny East China Sea islands.

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Hard diplomacy ahead despite China showing its softer side

BEIJING - From a military rules-of-the-road agreement with Washington to $20 billion in loans for Southeast Asia, Beijing has set aside the tensions of recent years to present a softer side to the world in the last week.

World, 18 Nov 2014

China calls on Japan to end jet scrambles

BEIJING - China called on Japan on Thursday to stop scrambling its jets against Chinese aircraft following a rise in the number of such operations, saying it was source of flying safety concerns.

World, Japan, China 30 Oct 2014

Chinese coastguard vessels patrol disputed waters

BEIJING - China has sent coastguard vessels to disputed waters in the East China Sea after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe angered Beijing by sending a ritual offering to a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead from Japan's wars.

World, China, Japan, 18 Oct 2014

China says Japan fighter jets shadowed its planes over disputed waters

BEIJING - Japanese fighter jets shadowed Chinese aircraft patrolling over disputed waters, China's Ministry of Defense said on Thursday, in the latest flare-up of a spat over air space that has deepened a rift between the two countries.

China boat sinks in waters north of islets disputed with Japan

BEIJING - Five Chinese fishermen are missing after a trawler sank on Friday in waters to the north of islands disputed with Japan in the East China Sea in what appeared to be an accident, state media said.

World, Japan, China 27 Jun 2014

China summons Japan defense attache over jets dispute

BEIJING - China summoned Japan's defense attache on Friday to lodge a protest after the two countries traded accusations over the conduct of military jets above disputed waters, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

World, China, Japan 15 Jun 2014

Japan denies brush with Chinese planes, demands China withdraws footage

TOKYO - Japan on Friday denied Beijing's claims that its Self-Defence Force planes came "dangerously close" to Chinese aircraft in an incident over the East China Sea on Wednesday, demanding China takes down the footage allegedly showing the incident.

World, China, Japan 13 Jun 2014

China denounces Japan protest over military jets' close brush

BEIJING - China said on Thursday that Japan's accusations of Chinese fighter jets flying "abnormally close" to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea were aimed at deceiving the international community.

Japan protests China fighter jets' close brush over East China Sea

TOKYO - Japan protested after Chinese fighter jets flew "abnormally close" to Japanese military aircraft over the East China Sea on Wednesday, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said.

World, Japan, China 11 Jun 2014

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A Taiwanese fishing boat sails near the disputed East China Sea islets called Senkaku in Japan, Diaoyutai in China and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan in this handout photo from Central News Agency September 25, 2012.  REUTERS/Central News Agency/Handout

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New recruits of the Chinese Navy fleet stand with their guns during the parade marking the end of their first training session in Qingdao, Shandong province, March 4, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

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