East China Sea

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.

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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

China, Japan exchange barbs over action by warplanes in East China Sea

TOKYO - Japan and China on Sunday accused each other's air forces of dangerous behavior over the East China Sea, with Japan saying Chinese aircraft had come within a few dozen meters of its warplanes.

Chinese general tours U.S. carrier as maritime tensions fester

WASHINGTON - A top Chinese general toured an American aircraft carrier on Tuesday at the start of a U.S. visit expected to expose tensions over territorial disputes between Beijing and U.S. allies in the South and East China Seas.

World, Politics, 13 May 2014

Japan, China to square off at regional security forum

BEIJING/HONG KONG - A major regional security conference is shaping up as a face-off between Asia's two biggest powers, as Japan sends its hawkish prime minister and China dispatches a feisty diplomat instead of the usual brass to counter Tokyo's more assertive message.

World, China, Japan, 13 May 2014

Japan, worried about China, strengthens ties with NATO

BRUSSELS - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, concerned about China's rising military spending and disputes with Beijing over islands in the East China Sea, signed a new partnership agreement with NATO on Tuesday.

World, China, Japan, 06 May 2014

Japan to conduct island defense drill amid tension with China

TOKYO - Japan will conduct a military exercise this month to practice defending an island, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday, underscoring concern about East China Sea islands controlled by Japan but claimed by China.

World, China, Japan 01 May 2014


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