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The disputed islands in the East China Sea have been a source of tension between China and Japan for decades

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Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe has described China’s move to create a new “air defense identification zone” over disputed waters as “dangerous”. China’s action had “no validity whatsoever on Japan”, Shinzo Abe added. China has voiced anger at Japanese and US objections to the new air zone, and lodged complaints with their embassies. The zone covers dis...

Panasonic has suspended some of its operations in China after anti-Japan protesters attacked two of its factories

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Japanese electronics maker Panasonic has suspended some of its operations in China after anti-Japan protesters attacked two of its factories. Panasonic said its factory in Qingdao will remain shut until 18 September. According to media reports, Canon has also suspended operations at three of its Chinese factories. The attacks are a part of wider protests that have spread across China and hurt oth...

China has created an "air-defense identification zone" over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan

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China has created an “air-defense identification zone” over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. China’s Defense Ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face “emergency defensive measures”. The zone came into effect from 10:00 local time on Saturday. The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu i...

The islands, known in China as Xisha but the Paracels elsewhere, are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan

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China starts running tourism cruises to Paracel Islands, a chain of disputed islands in the South China Sea by next month, state media reports. Chinese news agency Xinhua said tourists would live on board ships, as the largest island has only one hotel and no fresh water. The islands, known in China as Xisha but the Paracels elsewhere, are claimed by China, Vietnam and Taiwan. China has controlle...

Pentagon's annual report has directly linked cyber attacks on US government computers to the Beijing government

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The United States accuses China’s government and military of targeting its government computers as part of a cyber espionage campaign, a US report on China says. Intrusions were focused on collecting intelligence on US diplomatic, economic and defense sectors which could benefit China’s own defense programme, the report says. This is the first time the Pentagon’s annual report h...

Vietnam has accused a Chinese vessel of firing on one of its fishing boats in disputed waters in the South China Sea, setting it alight

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...m has accused a Chinese vessel of firing on one of its fishing boats in disputed waters in the South China Sea, setting it alight. Vietnamese foreign ministry said the “very serious incident” took place on March 20 near the Paracel islands. Its statement did not specify what kind of Chinese vessel was involved. Vietnam and China both claim the Paracel islands, which have been controlle...

Liaoning is a refurbished Soviet ship purchased from Ukraine

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China’s first aircraft carrier, a refurbished Soviet ship, has entered into service, the Defence Ministry says. The 300 m (990ft) Liaoning – named after the province where it was refitted – is a refurbished Soviet ship purchased from Ukraine. For now the carrier has no operational aircraft and will be used for training. But China says the vessel, which has undergone extensive se...

Six Chinese surveillance ships have entered waters near islands claimed by both Japan and China

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Six Chinese surveillance ships have entered waters near islands claimed by both Japan and China. China said the ships were carrying out “law enforcement” to demonstrate its jurisdiction over the islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan. At least two of the vessels left after the Japanese coast guard issued a warning, Japanese officials say. The move came after Japan seal...

Apple has signed a deal to bring its iPhone to China Mobile

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Apple has signed a deal to bring its iPhone to China Mobile – the world’s largest carrier. China Mobile has more than 760 million subscribers and was one of three networks to be awarded China’s first 4G licenses earlier this month. Apple has been looking to boost its sales in China, the world’s largest smartphone market, but has struggled amid growing competition from riva...

Japanese and South Korean planes have flown unannounced through China's newly-declared air defense zone

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Japanese and South Korean planes have flown unannounced through China’s newly-declared air defense zone, officials from both nations say. Japan’s aircraft had conducted routine “surveillance activity” over the East China Sea zone, the top government spokesman said. South Korea had also conducted a flight, its defense ministry said. China says planes transiting the zone, which co...

Barack Obma vowed "strong support" for the protection of Tibetans' human rights in China during the encounter with the Dalai Lama

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...Barack Obma vowed “strong support” for the protection of Tibetans’ human rights in China during the encounter with the Dalai Lama. China had urged the US to cancel the meeting, saying it would “seriously impair China-US relations”. Beijing described the Dalai Lama as a separatist, while the spiritual leader said he only advocates greater autonomy for Tibet, not indepe...

China has confirmed that one of its warships "encountered" a US vessel

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China has confirmed that one of its warships “encountered” a US vessel. The US reported a near-collision in the South China Sea earlier this month. The US said its guided missile cruiser USS Cowpens was forced to take evasive action as the two ships neared each other on December 5. It has been described as the most serious Sino-US confrontation in the South China Sea since 2009. Chin...

China's economy has grown at its slowest pace in three years as investment slowed and demand fell in key markets such as the US and Europe

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China’s economy has grown at its slowest pace in three years as investment slowed and demand fell in key markets such as the US and Europe. Gross domestic product rose by 7.6% in the second quarter, compared with the same period a year ago. That is down from 8.1% in the previous three months. In March, Beijing cut its growth target for the whole of 2012 to 7.5%. China accounts for about a f...

Nissan has slashed its full-year profit forecast by 20 percent after car sales slumped in China amid anti-Japanese protests

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Nissan has slashed its full-year profit forecast by 20% after car sales slumped in China amid anti-Japanese protests. The Japanese carmaker now expects a net profit of 320 billion yen ($4 billion) for the year ending March 2013, down from an earlier estimate of 400 billion yen. Nissan says car sales plunged 35% in China in September. A territorial dispute between Japan and China over islands in t...

Among the prisoners was Naw Kham, a Burmese man thought to have been one of the most powerful warlords in the Golden Triangle of Thailand, Laos and Burma

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China has executed four foreign men for the murder of 13 Chinese fishermen on the Mekong river in 2011, after being paraded on state TV. The men were put to death by lethal injection in Kunming, Yunnan province. CCTV News broadcast live footage of the men being taken from their cells to the execution site, though it did not show the moment of death. Many social media users in China have reacted a...

The US civilian aircrafts are expected to observe China's rules in its newly-declared air defense zone in the East China Sea

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The US civilian aircrafts are expected to observe China’s rules in its newly-declared air defense zone in the East China Sea. A statement said this did not mean the US accepted China’s requirements in the zone covering territory claimed by China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. China wants all aircraft there to file flight plans and identify themselves. The US, Japan and South Korea sa...

Chuck Hagel has toured the Liaoning - China's first aircraft carrier - at the beginning of a three-day visit to the country

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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has toured the Liaoning – China’s first aircraft carrier – at the beginning of a three-day visit to the country. Chuck Hagel, who arrived in the port of Qingdao from Japan, is thought to be the first senior Western official to board the vessel. China bought it from Ukraine in 1998 and has spent 10 years refitting it. It is seen as a potent symbol...

China's most prominent activists, scholars and journalists have released an open letter urging leaders to implement political reforms, for the second time in three months

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China’s most prominent activists, scholars and journalists have released an open letter urging leaders to implement political reforms, for the second time in three months. More than 100 people signed the open letter urging Beijing to ratify an international human rights treaty. The letter was posted on several prominent Chinese websites and blogs. It comes just days before Chinese leaders g...

Joe Biden has arrived in Beijing for meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang

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...nese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang. His visit to Asia has been dominated by a row over China’s newly-declared air zone, which covers East China Sea disputed islands controlled by Japan. Joe Biden arrived from Tokyo, where he reaffirmed the US alliance with Japan. The vice-president attended an official welcome ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People where he met Ch...

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says other countries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China

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...untries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China. Shinzo Abe told the Wall Street Journal there were “concerns that China was trying to change the status quo by force, rather than by the rule of law”. Relations between China and Japan have been strained over recent years. China said on Saturday that if Japan shot down Chinese dr...

Japan will seek compensation from China for damages to its diplomatic missions there during protests over disputed islands

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Japan will seek compensation from China for damages to its diplomatic missions there during protests over disputed islands, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura has said. Osamu Fujimura told reporters in Tokyo that “this was an issue between the governments”. It comes as China expressed regret over protesters attacking the US ambassador’s car in Beijing on Tuesday. Chinese dis...

Dozens of Taiwanese boats sailed to disputed East China Sea islands in a brief protest

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Dozens of Taiwanese boats sailed to disputed East China Sea islands in a brief protest, as top Japanese and Chinese diplomats met in Beijing to ease tensions. The islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are controlled by Japan but claimed by China and Taiwan. Tension in the region has been high since Japan’s purchase of the islands from their private Japanese owner. Taiwanese...

China’s President Hu Jintao has opened a Communist Party congress that begins a once-in-a-decade power transfer with a stark warning on corruption

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China’s President Hu Jintao has opened a Communist Party congress that begins a once-in-a-decade power transfer with a stark warning on corruption. Addressing more than 2,000 delegates, Hu Jintao said that a failure to tackle the issue “could prove fatal to the party”. China faced unprecedented opportunities and challenges, he said, and the nation should “aim higher and work har...

Xi Jinping is accompanied by his wife, military singer Peng Liyuan, in his first overseas tour as China's president

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...ica, he will attend the fifth BRICS summit from 26-27 March. BRICS stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – five key emerging economies. Xi Jinping’s wife, well-known military singer Peng Liyuan, is with him on this trip. The choice of Moscow as Xi Jinping’s first destination is seen as symbolic, and a move from China to counter the US pivot to Asia. Russia is o...

Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo late on Monday and will then head to Beijing and Seoul during his six-day visit

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...aid at the beginning of a tour of East Asia that the US remains “deeply concerned” about China’s new air defense identification zone (ADIZ). In written responses to Japan’s Asahi newspaper, Joe Biden said China and Japan had to establish measures to lower tensions. Joe Biden arrived in Tokyo late on Monday and will then head to Beijing and Seoul during his six-day visit. Th...