Okinawa

Air-defense-identifcation-zone

PerryScope By Perry Diaz In an apparent move against Japan – and the United States — China established an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over a large portion of East China Sea, which includes the disputed Senkaku Islands. The “No-Fly Zone” took effect last November 23. In her announcement, China said that her military would take “defensive emergency measures” if aircraft entered the area without Read More …

Patriot Missile Batteries (File Photo)

By WENDELL MINNICK Defense News TAIPEI — A new RAND report suggests the US military consider turning China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) strategy on its head by incorporating a “far blockade” strategy using land-based anti-ship missiles (ASM) at chokepoints in the Asia-Pacific region. The new report, “Employing Land-Based Anti-Ship Missiles in the Western Pacific,” looks at how the US military, in a joint or coalition effort using Read More …

Officers of Japan's Ground Self-Defence Force (SDF) walk in front of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missile launchers at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo. Source: AFP

Source: News.com.au JAPAN is putting missiles on islands marking the gateway to the Pacific, officials said, as part of a huge military drill that has unsettled Beijing. The exercise, aimed at bolstering Japan’s defence of remote islands, has already seen a launching system and a loader for Type-88 surface-to-ship missiles installed on Miyako island, complete with two missiles. Four more missiles were due to arrive Read More …

A file picture taken on April 24, 2010 shows planes and helicopters stationed at the US Marine Corps Air Station Futenma base in Ginowan, Okinawa prefecture. (AFP Photo)

By Russia Today Global Research Tokyo is to foot a $3.1 billion bill, which is part of the cost for relocating American troops from Okinawa. For the first time, it will also host US long-range surveillance drones, which would help to monitor disputed islands in the East China Sea. The cost-sharing agreement for the troop transfer and the future deployment of drones by next spring Read More …

This file aerial shot taken on September 15, 2010 shows the disputed islands known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China in the East China Sea.

Source: Press TV Japan is planning to nationalize scores of unclaimed remote islands in its waters to increase its territorial claims amid ongoing territorial disputes with its neighbors, a report says. Japan’s daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported on Monday that the government plans to set up a task force to find owners and names of some 400 remote islands scattered across waters surrounding the Japanese archipelago Read More …

Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo

After several week of testing the waters, China disavowed any interest in opening another territorial dispute on Japan’s ownership of the Ryukyu Islands, which include Okinawa where 50,000 American military personnel are stationed.  Had China proceeded with claiming the Ryukyu Islands, it would put her directly in conflict with the U.S. — PERRY DIAZ China distances self from claim it owns islands of Okinawa Source: Read More …

Anti-Filipino rally in Taiwan

PerryScope By Perry Diaz It’s tough fighting the world’s second biggest economic power and most populous country. But when another economic heavyweight joins the fight against you, they could trounce you very badly. And to make the situation worse, the two adversaries are the giant People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Lilliputian but economically rich Republic of China (ROC), which is more commonly known Read More …

Senkaku-Islands.21

By Miles Yu The Washington Times China is challenging a key American policy toward Japan: the unambiguous U.S. support of Japan’s sovereign rights to the Ryukyu island chain, including the key strategic island of Okinawa. The United States does not officially take sides in disputes between China and Japan over the hotly disputed Senkaku Islands, also called the Diaoyu, but Washington repeatedly and unequivocally has Read More …

Sea-of-Troubles

Source: The Economist Taiwan and China share the same maritime claims, but have very different interests IN THE convoluted dramas in the seas around China, Taiwan is often cast as a bit player, the optional extra to the lengthy lists of contending parties to the many territorial disputes. But the fatal shooting on May 9th of a 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard has Read More …

Hirakubozaki lighthouse, Ishigaki, Okinawa. Photograph: Alamy

China questions Japan’s sovereignty over Ryukyu islands, heightening tension over existing Senkakus islands dispute By Justin McCurry Tokyo Guardian  China is attempting to open a new front in its territorial dispute with Japan by questioning Tokyo’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa, home to 25,000 US troops. The two countries are already pushing rival claims to the Senkakus, a chain of uninhabited islands in the Read More …