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Pressed for action by military, Hu seeks to manage 'struggle' with U.S. over SE Asia seas

Pressed for action by military, Hu seeks to manage 'struggle' with U.S. over SE Asia seas

Chinese President Hu Jintao inspects PLA troops. By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com The Chinese Communist Party administration is girding for a long-term struggle with the United States over winning hearts and minds in Asia. In the run-up to President Obama’s meeting with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New York on Sept. […]

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Japan asks China to cover damage to patrol boats

Japan asks China to cover damage to patrol boats

TOKYO – Japan asked China to pay for damage to Japanese patrol boats hit by a Chinese fishing vessel near disputed islands, as simmering tension between the two Asian neighbors showed no signs of easing Monday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshito Sengoku’s remarks came a day after Japan’s prime minister rejected China’s demand that Tokyo apologize […]

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China premier threatens Japan over boat dispute

China premier threatens Japan over boat dispute

BEIJING – China’s premier has threatened Japan for the first time in a growing fight over disputed islands, saying his country will take “further actions” if Japan does not immediately release a ship captain whose detention has splintered relations between the Asia powers. Wen Jiabao’s comments Tuesday night in New York were the first by […]

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Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

Beijing threatens Tokyo against rearming talk and joining U.S. 'containment' policy

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com China-Japanese relations have been plunged into their lowest point since several weeks of rabid anti-Japanese riots in a dozen-odd Chinese cities in 2005.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leadership has lifted its tight control over Chinese NGOs and allowed nationalistic groups to hold protests in Beijing against Japanese occupation of the Diaoyu […]

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China announces break in contacts with Japan, without informing Tokyo

BEIJING – Japan said Monday it was not officially informed of China’s decision to break off high-level government contacts over the extended detention of a fishing boat captain arrested after a ship collision near disputed islands. The rare move pushed already tense relations to a new low, and showed China’s willingness to play hardball with […]

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Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

Japan frees crew of Chinese trawler, Beijing's state media reports

BEIJING (AFP) – Japan on Monday released the crew of a Chinese fishing trawler involved in a collision with two Japanese coastguard vessels in disputed waters, China’s state media reported. The incident sparked a diplomatic row between the Asian powers, with China calling off planned talks over oil and gas fields in a contested area […]

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Storm clouds loom over Japan: Where have you gone, Junichiro Koizumi?

Storm clouds loom over Japan: Where have you gone, Junichiro Koizumi?

By Sol W. Sanders Japan’s ship of state has sailed into the perfect storm. The ruling Democratic Party of Japan’s leadership battle set for Sept. 15 will only contribute to the miasma. Whether Prime Minister Naoto Kan hangs on or challenger Ichiro Ozawa ousts him, neither has demonstrated a talent for attacking the country’s deep, […]

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