China warns foreign military planes entering defense zone


Jan. 25, 2014 – 06:46AM JST ( 14 )


China said Friday it has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan.

Bitter rhetoric between the neighbors has spiked since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a late-December visit to a war shrine in Tokyo that outraged Beijing. Abe this week compared the tense relationship to the pre-World War I rivalry between Britain and Germany. Japanese officials say the comment was meant as a warning to avoid war. Continue reading “China warns foreign military planes entering defense zone”

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud

Politics Jan. 20, 2014 – 02:59PM JST

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud
South Korean conservative activists burn placards during a protest to complain against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visiting the Yasukuni war shrine, in Seoul on Dec 27.AFP


A new Asian diplomatic row broke out Monday after China unveiled a memorial to a Korean national hero who assassinated a Japanese official a century ago—with Tokyo condemning him as a “terrorist”.

In 1909, Ahn Jung-Geun shot and killed Hirobumi Ito, Japan’s first prime minister and its top official in Japanese-occupied Korea, at the railway station in the northeast Chinese city of Harbin.

Ahn was hanged by Japanese forces the following year, when Korea also formally became a Japanese colony, heralding a brutal occupation that lasted until the end of World War II in 1945. Continue reading “China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud”

China must retaliate for Japanese prime minister’s war shrine visit: official media

Official media warns China will become a ‘paper tiger’ if countermeasures against Japan are not taken over Yasukuni visit

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 11:46am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 December, 2013, 12:16pm

Agence France-Presse in Beijing


Japan’s ambassador to China Masato Kitera (centre) in Beijing after being summoned by China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Photo: Reuters

China must take “excessive” counter-measures after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial war shrine visit, state-run media urged on Friday, reflecting the smouldering resentment among Chinese at its onetime invader. Continue reading “China must retaliate for Japanese prime minister’s war shrine visit: official media”

China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks / “The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid”

China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks

Shinzo Abe’s comments that Beijing is violating freedom of aviation are condemned as ‘malicious slander’

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister

Staff and agencies in Beijing, Sunday 15 December 2013 00.02 EST


Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, at an Asean meeting in Tokyo where he criticised China’s air zone over islands claimed by both countries. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

China has condemned Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, for “maliciously slandering” its self-proclaimed air defence zone, ratcheting up the war of words between the neighbours over Beijing’s annexation of the skies over a group of disputed islands.

Abe told a news conference that China’s recent announcement of the air defence identification zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea was “unjustly violating the freedom of aviation over the high seas” and demanded Beijing rescind it.

In the most bitter remarks so far in the dispute, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei defended the zone, which has triggered protests from Japan, the United States and South Korea.

“We express strong dissatisfaction with Japan’s leader using an international occasion to maliciously slander China,” Hong said in a statement seen on the ministry website on Sunday.

The islands are claimed by Beijing as the Diaoyus and by Tokyo as the Senkakus.

“The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid,” Hong said, arguing that the air zone was in line with international laws and practices, and did not affect aviation freedom. Continue reading “China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks / “The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid””

China to UN: Japan ‘stole’ islands

Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi, leading China’s delegation at the UN General Assembly, spoke Thursday, a day after a speech in which the Japanese prime minister, Yoshihiko Noda, didn’t mention the Diaoyu Islands. Yang said Beijing will “continue to take firm measures” to safeguard the Diaoyus’ territorial sovereignty. Tension has escalated since the Japanese government in early September announced the purchase of the islands from a so-called private owner.


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Bullet sent to Chinese embassy in Japan

CrimeSep. 29, 2012 – 06:15AM JST( 5 )


The Chinese embassy in Tokyo has received a bullet in the post, with the sender giving their name as the Japanese prime minister, police and reports said Friday, amid a festering territorial row.

An envelope containing the rifle bullet arrived at the embassy on Thursday morning, Jiji Press said.

A spokeswoman at the prime minister’s office said only that the premier had not sent the bullet, without elaborating on any action it might take.

Noting that the sender’s name written on the envelope was “Yoshihiko Noda”, embassy officials took it to police, Jiji said, citing investigative sources.

There was no letter included.

“It is true that an envelope containing a bullet-like object was sent to the embassy,” said a police spokesman. “Police are investigating whether it was a real bullet.”

Tensions between Japan and China have flared since the nationalist governor of Tokyo said he wanted to buy and develop the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. Beijing claims them as the Diaoyus.

They spiked when the Japanese government nationalised them, a move Tokyo says was purely administrative but which Beijing lashed out at as a provocation.

China blasts Japan PM’s hardline stance on islands: Called Japan ” self-deceiving “

On Thursday, China hit back at the Japanese prime minister for his statement that Tokyo would not compromise in the ongoing territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea. PM Yoshihiko Noda said the previous day that the islands are an “inherent part of our territory, in light of history and international law.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang said Beijing “is strongly disappointed and sternly opposes the Japanese leader’s obstinacy regarding his wrong position,” the AP reported. “The country seriously challenges the post-war international order, but tries to take the rules of international law as a cover. This is self-deceiving,” he said in a separate statement.