The US Just ‘Invaded’ an Island in the East China Sea & No One Noticed
Opinion

The US Just ‘Invaded’ an Island in the East China Sea & No One Noticed

Just recently, the US military launched a full-on invasion of an island in the East China Sea to send a strong message to China, and yet barely any mainstream media outlet has covered the story or its massive implications. Last week, US marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit invaded a tiny island in Japan’s…

Tensions Boil: Beijing Accuses Japan of Endangering Chinese Aircraft
Asia

Tensions Boil: Beijing Accuses Japan of Endangering Chinese Aircraft

On Thursday the Chinese Defense Ministry accused Japan of targeting and endangering the safety of Beijing’s military aircraft. Tokyo and Beijing are in the midst of a long-standing dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea, called Diaoyu by China and Senkaku in Japan. Fighter jets and patrol ships from both countries…

Japan to Join US Navy’s ‘Training Cruises’ in South China Sea
Military

Japan to Join US Navy’s ‘Training Cruises’ in South China Sea

Japan has announced plans to increase joint military activities with allies in South East Asia to counter Chinese dominance around disputed reefs in the East China and South China Seas. This includes deeper engagement with the US Navy’s “training cruises.” Tensions in the region have been on the rise after Beijing laid claim to the…

Japan to upgrade 200 F-15 jets, doubling missile payload amid E. China Sea tensions
Military

Japan to upgrade 200 F-15 jets, doubling missile payload amid E. China Sea tensions

Japan’s Defense Ministry wants its 200 F-15 fighter jets to carry twice as many air-to-air missiles as they do now, in a bid to prepare for a possible confrontation with Chinese Air Force around disputed East China Sea islands. The Defense Ministry is likely to request more budgetary allocations to upgrade capabilities of its US-built…

Red line – China warned Japan against joining US freedom of navigation stunts
Military

Red line – China warned Japan against joining US freedom of navigation stunts

Beijing warned Tokyo of a harsh response if it ever crossed a “red line” in deciding to sail with US warships near disputed waters surrounding China’s artificially reclaimed islands under the pretext of the Freedom of Navigation principle, Japanese media reported. The warning to Japan reportedly came just ahead of the Hague international arbitration court’s…

Japan discovers Chinese pier for warships near disputed islands
Military

Japan discovers Chinese pier for warships near disputed islands

China has constructed a vanguard “pier for warships” on an islet off the port city of Wenzhou, Japanese media warned, calling the development a boost of Beijing’s claims on the Tokyo-administered Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands and disputed waters around them. The new 80-meter-long installation, already dubbed the “pier for warships” by the Japanese media, was allegedly…