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Chinese ship operated in Japan’s territorial waters for 90 minutes

All papers carried follow-up reports on a Chinese Navy intelligence-gathering ship’s intrusion on Wednesday into Japan’s territorial waters off Kuchinoerabu Island off Kagoshima, noting that it stayed in the territorial waters for about 90 minutes, perhaps in an attempt to locate Indian warships that were participating in a trilateral exercise with Japan and the U.S. While reporting that a separate….Read more

  • June 16, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan deeply apprehensive over China’s continued provocations

All dailies wrote that Tokyo is extremely alarmed by the latest incident since it came only six days after Japan lodged a protest against a Chinese frigate’s passage through contiguous waters in the vicinity of the Senkakus. Mainichi quoted an unnamed senior MOD official as saying: “China is likely to establish one fait accompli after another.” According to Asahi, GOJ….Read more

  • June 16, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > U.S.

U.S. to take wait-and-see attitude

Yomiuri reported from Washington that although Washington is set to maintain close coordination with Tokyo to see whether or not the PLA intends to escalate tensions in the East China Sea, it is unlikely to take tangible countermeasures given that the Chinese are insisting on the principle of freedom of navigation that has been practiced by the U.S. Navy in….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Chinese naval ship enters Japanese territorial waters

NHK reported this morning and at noon that a Chinese navy intelligence-gathering ship entered Japanese territorial waters west of Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima at about 3:30 a.m. this morning. The network said an MSDF P3C airplane confirmed the ship’s intrusion into Japanese waters, adding that the ship left the territorial waters at about 5 a.m. The network added that it….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

China requests postponement of trilateral meetings with Japan, ROK

Asahi wrote from Seoul that it has learned from several sources connected to China-ROK relations that China has informally conveyed a request to the ROK government that the trilateral summit and foreign ministerial meeting scheduled to be held in Japan be convened after the G20 summit to be held in China in September. The foreign ministerial and the summit will….Read more

  • June 15, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan reiterates protest against Chinese warship’s transit of waters near Senkakus

On the night of June 12, Koichi Ito, a minister at the Japanese Embassy in Beijing, called on Xiao Qian, director general of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, and lodged a protest over the passage of a Chinese warship through the contiguous zone surrounding the Senkaku Islands.

  • June 13, 2016
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

China arrests North Korean spy to pressure the DPRK to denuclearize

Chinese public security authorities arrested a senior North Korean spy in Dandong City, Liaoning Province, near the China-DPRK border in early June, it was learned on June 11. A substantial amount of cash was seized during the arrest. This was revealed by several sources familiar with China-North Korea relations.

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

GOJ concludes that Chinese vessel’s passage through waters near Senkakus was deliberate

All Saturday morning papers carried follow-up stories on a Chinese warship’s passage through the contiguous zone around the Senkaku Islands early Thursday morning, with Mainichi highlighting the GOJ view that China sent the ship to the area adjacent to Japan’s territorial waters to “monitor” a Russian fleet that was travelling through the same area a few hours earlier on its….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Abe to attend ASEM, EAS summit to call for halting China’s maritime adventurism

Sunday’s Sankei front-paged a GOJ plan to step up lobbying efforts within the international community with the goal of deterring China’s pursuit of maritime interests. PM Abe is reportedly considering attending the ASEM summit in Mongolia in mid-July and the EAS summit in Laos in September in order to call for the participants to agree on the importance of resolving….Read more

INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

China tries to divert international attention from South China Sea?

A former MSDF fleet commander told NHK’s “News Watch 9” aired on Thursday evening that the passage of a Chinese frigate through the contiguous zone outside Japan’s territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands on Thursday was probably intended to draw international attention to the East China Sea when the nation is becoming increasing isolated due to its activities in the….Read more

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