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Japan scrambles jet fighters at record pace as Chinese military activity rises

TOKYO Japan's air force scrambled fighter jets to chase away foreign aircraft at record pace in the year to March 31, government figures showed on Thursday, as Chinese military activity in and around the East China Sea escalated.

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China says U.S. should respect China's air defense zone

BEIJING China said on Thursday the United States should respect its air defense identification zone (ADIZ), after Chinese officials warned a U.S. bomber it was illegally flying inside China's self-declared zone in the East China Sea.

World, China, Mar 23 2017

Exclusive: Japan to speed up frigate build to reinforce East China Sea - sources

TOKYO Japan plans to accelerate a warship building program to make two frigates a year to patrol the fringes of the East China Sea, where it disputes island ownership with China, three people with knowledge of the plan said.

World, China, Japan, Feb 17 2017

Trump opposes undermining Japan's control of disputed islands: U.S. official

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump would oppose any unilateral declarations that would undermine Japan's administration of disputed islands in the East China Sea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday ahead of Trump's meetings with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan launches first military communications satellite

TOKYO Japan on Tuesday launched its first military communications satellite to boost the broadband capacity of its Self Defence Forces as they reinforce an island chain stretching along the southern edge of the East China Sea.

World, Japan, Jan 24 2017

Tillerson says China should be barred from South China Sea islands

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state has set a course for a potentially serious confrontation with Beijing, saying China should be denied access to islands it has built in the contested South China Sea. | Video

Japan to bolster coast guard amid island dispute with China

TOKYO Japan will step up efforts to bolster its coastguard as a territorial dispute with China over a group of East China Sea islets shows no signs of abating, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.

World, China, Japan, Dec 21 2016

Japan protests over signs of renewed Chinese gas exploration

TOKYO Japan has protested to China over signs it is pressing ahead with maritime gas exploration in the East China Sea despite Tokyo's repeated requests to stop, Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

World, China, Japan, Oct 13 2016

Japan's military seeks record spending to counter North Korea, China moves

TOKYO Japan's defense ministry on Wednesday asked for a hike in spending to record levels, as it juggles its responses to a growing ballistic missile threat from North Korea and China's assertive moves in the East China Sea. | Video

World, China, Japan, North Korea, Aug 31 2016

Foreign ministers of Japan, China, South Korea likely to meet next week: media

TOKYO Japan, China and South Korea are in talks to hold a meeting of their foreign ministers next week, despite rows between Tokyo and Beijing over China's maritime expansion in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, a Japanese daily said on Wednesday.

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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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