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Japanese demonstrations protest China threat to territories

Japanese demonstrations protest China threat to territories

Japanese march against China expansionism near Tokyo on Nov. 13 YOKOHAMA, Japan – Thousands of demonstrators waving Japanese flags and shouting anti-China slogans marched against Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit for an economic summit that comes as a territorial dispute strains ties between the Asian giants. Organizers said Saturday’s march in Yokohama, which was held […]

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Moscow teams up with Beijing to apply pressure on Japan

Moscow teams up with Beijing to apply pressure on Japan

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to the Southern Kuriles (known as the Northern Territories in Japan) on Monday has injected a new element of instability in East Asia. This first visit by a Soviet or Russian head of state to the disputed islands adjacent to Hokkaido, which were seized by Moscow […]

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Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

KUNASHIR, Kuril Islands – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stoked Japan’s ire on Monday with a visit to the Kuril islands, a remote north Pacific territory at the heart of a decades-long dispute with Tokyo. Japan summoned Russia’s ambassador to Tokyo after Medvedev flew into the island of Kunashir, on the first visit by a Russian […]

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Increasing unease over China's 'peaceful rise'

By Sol W. Sanders  After the Pearl Harbor catastrophe, a sardonic joke made the rounds: “Well, we did get the Third Avenue El back!” The dismantled elevated railroad along Manhattan’s Upper East Side had been sold as scrap to Japan — and to Tokyo’s burgeoning armaments industries that armed and equipped the attackers. It has […]

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At pre-summit summit U.S. opts for appeasement in exchange for post-summit verbiage

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com GYEONGJU, South Korea — On land and on sea, the United States is calling a temporary truce with China. First the U.S. Treasury Department decided against publicizing a damning report classifying China as a “manipulator” of its undervalued currency, and then the Pentagon cancelled another round of naval exercises in the […]

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The free press: Secret threat to North Korean tyranny

The free press: Secret threat to North Korean tyranny

North Korea is usually off limits to reporters. But to mark the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party, Pyongyang issued a rare invitation to foreign journalists to visit the country. The occasion provided the first public sightings of the young Kim Jong Eun, and the press dutifully beamed photos of the dictator-in-training overseeing North […]

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Japan to buy U.S. drones to track China, N. Korea

Japan to buy U.S. drones to track China, N. Korea

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan’s Defence Ministry is looking to buy three US-made Global Hawk spy drones to help monitor China’s military movements and North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, a report said Monday. Japan hopes to use the camera-equipped unarmed aircraft to boost the officially pacifist nation’s intelligence-gathering capabilities, watch remote islands and monitor suspicious […]

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Worrisome: The China-Japan dust-up is more than it seems

Worrisome: The China-Japan dust-up is more than it seems

By Sol W. Sanders Nothing should make the world so nervous as conflict between the two East Asian behemoths, China and Japan. Their long history of curiously incestuous but bitterly conflicted relations dominates history in their part of the world. That is why even a minor clash between a Chinese fishing boat and small Japanese […]

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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 […]