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Future growth of India and China to be tuned by Japan


The gear shift of Asia’s growth in the decades to come is in the hand of Tokyo as Japan is in control of the formation of the emerging India-China-Japan (I+C+J) power structure in Asia. In its “World 2050” research report, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggested that “… in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms … India should become … Continue reading

Japan caves to China on Senkaku Island dispute


In order to secure a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe agreed to a significant concession in Tokyo’s ongoing dispute with China over the Senkaku Islands, according to Japanese media outlets. As Shannon noted earlier today on China Power, Japanese officials now expect there to be a brief meeting between Chinese … Continue reading

Japanese people hate China more than ever


People in Japan overwhelmingly have a poor opinion of China and vice versa, according to new polls, although Chinese views of Japan have become slightly less chilly. The percentage of Japanese respondents who said they had a negative impression of China increased to 93% from 90% a year earlier, according to a poll by Genron NPO, … Continue reading

Japan and India pledge to strengthen ties as China rises


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged an upgrade of economic and security ties with India, saying Japan would double investment and expand defense cooperation amid concerns about China’s growing influence in the region. Abe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at a summit meeting in Tokyo yesterday agreed to elevate ties to a special strategic and … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, July 7


This week’s international smack-talk of China took a more academic tone. China’s evidential first enemy: the global super-giant (little old Taiwan), still not thwarted by the near-2,000 missiles aimed at the island, is appearing in more and more news articles and sections. One news site discusses Taiwan’s economy and demographics. Documented rising sea levels (3 … Continue reading

China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan


China used the 70th anniversary of World War Two‘s D-Day landings on Friday to praise Germany for its contrition over its wartime past and slam Japan for what Beijing views as Tokyo‘s continued denial of its brutal history. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated … Continue reading

Japan to establish military bases near disputed islands in response to China aggression


Tokyo has reportedly made plans to create new military outposts on remote islands close to disputed territories in an apparent move to bolster Japan’s defence capabilities amid its ongoing territorial rows with China. Some 350 Ground Self-Defence Forces could be stationed on the three islands near the disputed islands, known as Diaoyu in China and … Continue reading

Armed Chinese fighter jets approach within metres of Japanese planes over East China Sea


Chinese fighter jets flew within a few dozen meters of Japanese military planes over the East China Sea, Japanese officials said on Sunday, prompting the defence minister to accuse Beijing of going “over the top” in its approach to disputed territory. Chinese SU-27 fighters came as close as 50 meters (170 feet) to a Japanese … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, April 28


Taiwanese protest leader visits AC; urges vigilance to protect democracy Wei Yang US-Japan treaty applies to islands: Obama KMT legislator Lin calls Japanese stupid, rigid …Pro-China Taiwan controlling faction, KMT, insults US ally over Nuke Plant issue, Fukushima Protests back anti-nuclear hunger strike This is becoming a big issue in Taiwan, and now and is … Continue reading

China’s secret WWII documents surface mysteriously; hidden and never mentioned since 1950s


China has released what it claims are previously confidential Japanese wartime documents, including some about comfort women forced to serve in military brothels during World War Two, Chinese state media reported. The publication comes during a fraught period in Japan-China relations. Last week, Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release … Continue reading

Chinese admiral to snub Japan at regional meeting because Japan “hurt the feelings of the Chinese people”


The commander of the Chinese navy will refuse to meet Japanese military officials one-on-one at a regional naval symposium in China this week, a navy spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, citing what he called hurtful actions by Japanese leaders. The decision to snub Japanese officials attending the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Qingdao … Continue reading

Japan bans porn exports to China in retaliation for seizure of cargo ship


The dispute between China and Japan showed no signs of abatement yesterday, after Japan was reported by domestic media to have taken steps to ban the export of specialist pornography to China. Japan is believed to also be behind the blocking of all porn sites in China, which the Chinese government is reporting as domestic … Continue reading

China seizes Japanese ship for “failure to return ship leased before World War II”


Shanghai Marine Court has seized a huge Japanese ore carrier to enforce its verdict on a dispute over a defunct Japanese company‘s failure to return a ship rented 80 years ago. Singtao Daily says that the ship Baosteel Emotion was a new ore carrier built in 2011. It is 320 meters long and 54 meters … Continue reading

China’s media abandons search for Japanese link to missing plane


After spending weeks combing through official reports, attending press conferences and interviewing aviation insiders, China’s official news agency Xinhua has officially called off the search for a Japanese link to the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370. On Friday morning, Beijing bureau chief Qian Congmin convened the agency’s top news editors for a special meeting, … Continue reading

Japan says puzzled by new China WWII national days


Tokyo on Friday said it was puzzled over why Beijing approved national remembrance days to commemorate the Nanjing Massacre and its defeat in World War II, after decades of Japanese pacifism. The move is the latest in a vitriolic diplomatic spat between Asia’s two largest economies, who are at loggerheads over disputed territory and differing … Continue reading

China seeks WWII focus on Japan during visit to Germany, but Germans feel uncomfortable about it


China wants to make World War Two a key part of a trip by President Xi Jinping to Germany next month, much to Berlin’s discomfort, diplomatic sources said, as Beijing tries to use German atonement for its wartime past to embarrass Japan. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public contrition for the Nazi regime … Continue reading

Chinese media claims: Japan has plans to force down Chinese jets; Chinese jets chase away Japanese jets


The following are translations from Chinese media. First, China claims Japan is planning to force down Chinese jets Chinese media says that, according to Sankei Shimbun’s report on January 29, the Japanese Air Self-defence Force announced on January 28 plans to deal with the frequent intrusion into Japan’s Air Defence Identification Zone and coming close … Continue reading

China declares Lunar Defence Obliteration Zone


Following the successful launch of its first lunar rover, the Chinese government has declared a defensive zone extending vertically from China into space and encompassing the moon. The Lunar Defense Obliteration Zone, according to newly appointed space minister Wu Houyi, “will protect China’s core interests and interplanetary sovereignty.” All foreign spacecraft, satellites, comets and space debris … Continue reading

Japan and South Korea defy China in new air defence zone


Japanese and South Korean military aircraft flew through disputed air space over the East China Sea without informing China, officials said on Thursday, challenging a new Chinese air defense zone that has increased regional tensions and sparked concerns of an unintended clash. The move came after Tokyo’s close ally Washington defied China’s demand that airplanes … Continue reading

US defies China by flying over East China Sea without notification


Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers on a training mission flew over disputed islands in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday, defying China’s declaration of a new airspace defence zone in the region. The flight on Monday night did not prompt a response from China, and the White House on … Continue reading

China advises nationals living in Japan to register with embassy in Tokyo


The establishment of the East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone may be just a gesture to claim the Diaoyus (called Senkakus by Japan). However, sending fighter jets to patrol the Zone, stating “China’s armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to … Continue reading

Japan targets China as islands dispute threatens to boil over


The simmering conflict between Japan and China over three islands in the East China Sea has just gotten significantly closer to an open conflict. Japan’s nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has just given orders to shoot down any aircraft, including Chinese surveillance drones, flying over “Japanese airspace” that refuses to leave. As Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party was … Continue reading

Japan to be more assertive against China


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview published on Saturday, said Japan was ready to be more assertive in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals. But a top retired Chinese diplomat said any move by Tokyo to contain China could amount to … Continue reading

Australia backs Japan’s military buildup at risk of upsetting China


Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop threw Australia’s support behind Japan’s attempts to shift its military to a more “normal” defence posture in a speech in Tokyo yesterday. Australia’s backing for Japan’s proposed move away from a purely defensive military runs the risk of sparking resentment in China, which retains deep suspicion of the hawkish Abe … Continue reading

China warns Japan against stationing workers on disputed isles


China said it would not tolerate provocation after Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday Japan might station government workers on disputed islands in the East China Sea to defend its sovereignty. Relations between the world’s second- and third-biggest economies have been strained over the uninhabited isles which Japan controls but both countries claim. The isles are known … Continue reading

China’s Shanghai Tower: A massive urban green space


The newly-topped 632 metre (over 2000 feet) Shanghai Tower is currently the world’s second tallest structure, outdone only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But equally impressive is what it will have going on inside. In addition to 521,000 square meters of floor space, 106 elevators, a weight of 1,200 metric tons, and the ability … Continue reading

China summons Japanese ambassador over shrine visit


China summoned Japan’s ambassador on Thursday to lodge a strong complaint after two Japanese cabinet ministers publicly paid their respects at a controversial Tokyo shrine for war dead, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. The ministers’ visit to the Yasukuni Shrine “seriously harms the feelings of the people in China and other Asian victim countries”, the … Continue reading

A gaffe-prone Japan is a danger to peace in Asia; China concerned


The Abe government’s disastrous public diplomacy risks alienating not just China but also the US. Japan’s public diplomacy hovers between the ludicrous and the sinister. In recent months, the country has specialised in foreign policy gaffes that seem designed to give maximum offence to its Asian neighbours while causing maximum embarrassment to its western allies. Last week … Continue reading

Japan to increase China tensions by nationalising islands


Japan may nationalise hundreds of unclaimed islands off its coast in a bid to bolster its territorial claims, reports said, in a move that could complicate already simmering relations with China over existing maritime disputes. Quoting government sources, the Yomiuri newspaper reported yesterday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s government was planning to set up a … Continue reading

China tests ships near disputed islands


Three Chinese ships entered waters near the disputed Senkaku islands, known as Diaoyu in Chinese, and recognised by Japan as its territory. The Chinese met with Japanese coast guard ships patrolling the area. The Chinese ships were inside the 12 nautical mile zone (22 kilometres) from the coast of the islands, recognised by Japan as … Continue reading

Canberra doesn’t understand reality of China-Japan conflict, or consequences to Australia


In the event of a conflict between China and Japan, it’s hard to think of a country that would be more exposed than Australia. Yet several leading defence scholars have warned that this prospect is receiving little attention from policy-makers and academics, and Australia is in denial about the risks. Defence specialist and consultant Ross … Continue reading

China ‘extremely concerned’ about U.S.- Japan island talk


Japan and the United States have started talks on military plans in case of armed conflict over a group of East China Sea Islets claimed by Tokyo and Beijing, Japanese media said on Thursday, prompting China to complain of “outside pressure.” The Pentagon confirmed talks were being held on Thursday and Friday between Shigeru Iwasaki, … Continue reading

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows


Japan on Wednesday, March 13, called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China. Vice-minister level representatives from Japan and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) were beginning a two-day gathering at a Tokyo hotel, with several participating nations embroiled in … Continue reading

China launches fighters amid Japan dispute


Beijing sent fighter jets to the East China Sea after Japanese aircraft followed a Chinese plane in a territorial dispute, the defence ministry said on Friday according to state media. A ministry official told a press conference that two J-10 fighters flew to the area on Thursday to monitor two Japanese F-15 fighters that had … Continue reading

Japan may fire warning shots at Chinese aircraft, leading to war


SCMP says in its report: “Tokyo considers authorising Japanese military aircraft to take action if China’s planes enter air space near disputed waters “Japan‘s defence ministry is considering authorising the country’s Air Self-Defence Force (ASDF) jets to fire warning shots when Chinese planes enter air space claimed by Japan, Japanese media reported yesterday. “Citing sources … Continue reading

East Asian cooperation: Is Japan falling behind China?


China’s presence in East Asian regional cooperation has been conspicuous. As one of the founding members of the two key regional institutions – the Asean +3 and the East Asia Summit – Beijing seems to be an indispensable partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in the process of regional cooperation in East … Continue reading

China: Diggers pile up unsold after Caterpillar adds capacity


Caterpillar Inc, Komatsu Ltd and other construction-equipment makers have built enough capacity in China to satisfy global demand twice over while sales in the country are falling, according to a research company. Manufacturing capacity in China is almost 600,000 excavators a year while the worldwide market is about 300,000, according to London-based Off-Highway Research. Inventories of crawler … Continue reading

China submits East China Sea islands claim to UN


China has submitted to the UN a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed area of the East China Sea. It argues that certain geological features prove its territory extends out to a group of islands near Japan. A UN commission of geological experts will examine China’s submission but does not have the authority … Continue reading

Japan scrambles jets in Senkaku Islands dispute with China


A Chinese military surveillance plane entered what Japan considers its airspace near disputed islands on Thursday, the Japanese Defense Ministry said, an escalation in an already tense standoff over the territory. Japan scrambled fighter jets in response, but the Chinese plane left before they arrived, according to Japanese authorities. The ministry said the plane’s incursion … Continue reading

US Senate’s backing for Japan’s control of Diaoyus attacked by China


The US Senate‘s backing last week for Japan’s administration of the disputed East China Sea islands will only escalate tensions between Beijing and Tokyo, Chinese analysts say. Beijing has yet to officially respond, but Xinhua yesterday carried a commentary that said the senators’ attempt to “fish in troubled waters will not succeed”. The senate’s backing … Continue reading

Premier Wen shows China’s best face to the world


SCMP reports: “The image projected by Premier Wen Jiabao on his many travels abroad, analysts say, fits in with China‘s attempts to project its soft power. “When Premier Wen Jiabao went overseas he would often seize the chance to show the personable side of the Chinese leadership to overseas audiences, who sometimes perceive it as … Continue reading

Japan, China spat over Senkaku Islands


The recent spat between Japan and China, which erupted after the nationalisation of the Senkaku Islands, shows no signs of abating. In September 2012, the Noda Administration in Japan purchased three of the five Senkaku islands, Uotsurijima, Kita-kojima and Minami-kojima, and then nationalised them. Beijing opposed the nationalisation and claimed its ‘indisputable sovereignty’ over the … Continue reading

Angry protesters shun Japanese businesses in China over Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands


SCMP reports: “The intensity of anger in China over the latest Sino-Japanese dispute has some businessmen wondering if things will ever be same again “‘I’m going home,’ said Naohito Sato, a Japanese entrepreneur based in Shanghai for 10 years, who feels the anti-Japanese sentiment now sweeping China is more than just fiery rhetoric. “‘I think … Continue reading

US diplomat Kurt Campbell says China-Japan dispute cannot be solved


The territorial dispute between China and Japan in the East China Sea can only be managed but not resolved because of the complexities involved, a US diplomat said yesterday. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell told in a seminar in Washington that the two countries should “step back from the brink”, as Tokyo vowed to … Continue reading

China IMF boycott ‘a sign of things to come’


China’s top level boycott of global financial meetings in Japan this week is a sign of things to come, analysts say, as an economically emboldened Beijing shows struggling Western nations it doesn’t need to play by their rules. With global growth slowing, many in the developed world are looking to Beijing to pick up the … Continue reading

China to send lower ranking officials to IMF Tokyo meet; snub to Japan


China‘s delegation to the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank in Tokyo will not be led by its most senior finance officials, a report from state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday, in what looked like a deliberate snub of Japan. According to Chinese protocol, only the most senior officials usually lead … Continue reading

China should remember no country is an island in a globalised world


There is no doubt that the row over a group of tiny islands in the East China Sea has sealed the deterioration in relations between China and Japan. The diplomatic spat over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, which sparked violent protests, with Japanese flags and factories burned, stunned Tokyo, and caused Japanese companies to consider scrapping investment … Continue reading

Protesters stage anti-China rally in Tokyo over Senkaku Islands


A group of about 1,400 activists staged a mass anti-China demonstration in Tokyo on Saturday, vowing to defend the Senkaku (Diaoyu or Diaoyutai) Islands and safeguard Japan‘s territorial integrity. The activists, mostly men of middle age or older, were from the Ganbare Nippon! National Action Committee, a right-wing organisation founded in 2010, which is headed … Continue reading

Bond wars: Chinese advisor calls for Japanese bond dump


China is actively considering “using its power as Japan’s biggest creditor with $230bn (£141bn) of bonds to “impose sanctions on Japan in the most effective manner” and bring Tokyo’s festering fiscal crisis to a head.” Meaning: dump Japan’s bonds en masse. Should this stunning recommendation be enacted, not only would it be the first time … Continue reading

Six Chinese surveillance ships reach near islands disputed with Japan


Six Chinese surveillance ships entered waters near disputed islands claimed by Tokyo and Beijing on Friday, raising tensions between Asia’s two biggest economies to their highest level since 2010 over a long-running territorial row. Japan protested to China and urged that the situation not be allowed to escalate – an outcome neither side would welcome … Continue reading

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