Minor encounters such as these [the planes incident] can explode into major problems between nations, and a clash of the Asian titans is far from unthinkable. And perhaps it’s no coincidence that this year marks the 120th anniversary of the conflict that started it all: the Sino-Japanese [...]
China has shown that it may soon be ready to engage in conflict with Japan after warships of the People’s Liberation Army Navy were found aiming their fire-control radar at vessels and aircraft of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, reports China’s nationalistic Global Times tabloid, citing several Japanese media outlets.
US military sources told the [...]
Chinese fighter jets flew “abnormally close” to Japanese military surveillance planes in the East China Sea, the second incident in less than a month, Japan’s Ministry of Defense said.
Two Su-27 fighters came as near as 30 meters to one Japanese plane and 45 meters to another, according to Japan’s Self-Defense Forces. The incident happened [...]
What can be said with confidence is that American sanctions were not a significant cause of Japanese expansionism. The conflict between the United States and Japan arose out of profound disagreement about Japan’s imperialist objectives. Japan felt entitled to what the United States considered dangerous and deeply immoral.
Today, clear thinking about sanctions is essential [...]
If the more gloomy predictions becomes reality, eventually, China may go to war with Japan over the disputed Diaoyutai (Senkaku or Diaoyu) islands in the East China Sea or other Asian countries over disputes in the South China Sea under the influence of nationalism. For this reason, Lee said that it is better for the [...]
Japan is to establish new military outposts on remote islands, a report said Monday, as Tokyo looks to bolster its defence amid a territorial dispute with China.
Up to 350 troops each could be stationed on three islands in the far southwest, close to the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as its own under [...]
The Pentagon will deploy two long-range Global Hawk reconnaissance drones in Japan for operations to monitor Chinese naval activities and a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, defense officials said.
The unarmed RQ-4 drones are among the Pentagon’s most high-profile military tools in the U.S. pivot to Asia, and will be used for intelligence-gathering in [...]
Citing threats from China and North Korea, a government-appointed panel is urging Japan to reinterpret its pacifist constitution to allow the use of military force to defend other countries.
The recommendation, submitted Thursday to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, sets the stage for his push to allow the military to play a greater role in international [...]
After addressing ambassadors from the 28 NATO nations, Abe drew a parallel between the situation in Ukraine, where Russia has occupied and annexed Crimea, and Asia, in an apparent allusion to a standoff between Beijing and Tokyo over tiny uninhabited islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu [...]
A source from the Japanese defense ministry told the paper that the submarine along with a destroyer of the People’s Liberation Army Navy could eventually enter the Japanese exclusive economic zone or neighboring territorial waters in the same way the sea research vessel had. A Chinese nuclear-powered submarine was spotted for the first time in [...]