Japan, ASEAN share concerns about S. China Sea

The foreign ministers of Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday shared their concerns about the situation in the South China Sea, in a veiled criticism of China’s military buildup in the disputed waters. In a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Bangkok, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh expressed the “serious concerns” of 10-member ASEAN regarding the situation, according to a Japanese Foreign Ministry official. Kono was quoted by the official as saying the situation “has been deteriorating every year”…

Head-To-Head: Russia, Japan, South Korea, and China Face-Off in the Skies over the Pacific

The South China Sea cauldron has been at a full boil now for nearly a dozen years, chiefly over the significance of various obscure reefs and rocks. But, thankfully, the occurrence of shooting among the claimants and external powers has been extremely rare, underlying the obvious risks that such a course would entail. Thus, it came as a surprise to many that South Korean interceptors fired warning shots at a Russian military aircraft over the Sea of Japan on the morning of 22 July. With four major powers suddenly appearing…

Australia ramps up pressure on China with backing of US and Japan

Australia and the US have also expressed alarm at reports of a deal between Beijing and Cambodia to to station Chinese troops, store weapons and berth warships at the Ream Naval Base on the Gulf of Thailand. Loading The trio of ministers discussed the developments during a summit in Bangkok this week ahead of a meeting in Sydney on Sunday between Senator Payne, Mr Pompeo, Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and her US counterpart, Mark Esper. “The ministers reiterated their commitment to international law and its importance in maintaining peace and…

Japan, ASEAN Share Grave Concern over South China Sea

Newsfrom Japan Politics Aug 1, 2019 Bangkok, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)–Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and his counterparts in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations shared grave concern on Thursday over China’s militarization of the South China Sea, informed sources said. The situation in the sea is worsening every year, Kono said at a meeting of Japanese and ASEAN foreign ministers in Bangkok, according to the sources. Related countries should work together toward the peaceful settlement of conflicts and keep the waters nonmilitarized, Kono said. Referring to a code of…

World War III? How Russia, China, Japan and South Korea Nearly Started a War

The morning dawned peacefully enough on July 22 as Chinese and Russian warplanes soared towards a rendezvous point over the Sea of Japan for what was to be their first-ever joint patrol. As Russia’s defense ministry put it, this was intended to deepen “Russian-Chinese relations within our all-encompassing partnership, of further increasing cooperation between our armed forces, and of perfecting their capabilities to carry out joint actions, and of strengthening global strategic security.” Representing the PLA Air Force were two H-6K jet bombers which threaded their away through the international…