Japan on Wednesday released a near-final draft of its first national security strategy that calls for a stronger military amid the rise of China.
A panel appointed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued the draft, saying changes in America’s relative influence make it necessary for Japan to expand its alliances with other countries while also [...]
Ieodo is a manmade platform affixed to an undersea rock (named Socotra) in the Yellow Sea. For a map and an aerial photo see Cumberland’s website, www.cumber.com. The direct link is http://www.cumber.com/content/special/ieodo-1.jpg. The platform is Korean, and the facility is an oceanographic research station. South Korea built the platform and claims [...]
Realizing that this advantage will be lost if the disputed islands were to fall into Chinese hands, the meeting focused on three war scenarios. The first scenario examined the possibility that China may only attack the island chain. The second explored the possibility that China may launch an attack against both the Diaoyutai islands and [...]
In recent months, even the most basic attempts at agreement have fallen apart. Officials on both sides say they’re interested in dialogue, but China says it should only happen after Japan acknowledges that the uninhabited rocks it controls in the East China Sea are indeed disputed. Japanese officials say their claim on the rocks is [...]
South Korea and China raised concerns that the Dec. 6 enactment of the state secrets protection law is putting Japan on the path of becoming a nation ready to go to war.
“Japan has entered a course to change into ‘an ordinary nation,’” said the South Korean Dong-A Ilbo newspaper in a Dec. 7 article. [...]
The standoff between Japan and China over the islands known as the Diaoyu in China and the Senkaku in Japan, is a toxic mix of two rising nationalisms and unresolved mutual resentments. Add to that the uncertain steps of the US, divided between its formal security obligations to Japan and its powerful [...]
China’s military ratcheted up tensions on Tuesday over its disputed East China Sea air defense zone by threatening military action against Japan and saying it would enforce new aircraft controls.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yangsheng accused Japan in a statement of “making trouble” and he warned Chinese military aircraft would enforce the newly imposed [...]
The U.S. Navy’s first advanced P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft has arrived in Japan, the start of a deployment that will upgrade America’s ability to hunt submarines and other vessels in seas close to China as tension in the region mounts.
The deployment, planned before China last month established an air defense zone covering islands controlled [...]
‘The rise of China, the setbacks to U.S. power in Iraq and Afghanistan and the long economic stagnation of Japan suggest tectonic shifts are under way in the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region.’
The sudden crisis that has loomed over the islands that Japan calls the Senkakus and that China calls the Diaoyus [...]
“With regard to activity within the zone, nothing will happen — for a while,” said June Teufel Dreyer, a China expert at the University of Miami. “Then the zone will become gradually enforced more strictly. The Japanese will continue to protest, but not much more, to challenge it.”
That may wear down Japan and effectively [...]