Island bought by Japan for $146M could be the US military’s next unsinkable aircraft carrier

The Japanese government has completed a $146million takeover of an uninhabited, three square mile island on the edge of the East China Sea which may one day be used as an unsinkable aircraft carrier for the US Navy in the event of a war in Asia. Mageshima, part of the Osumi Islands, played an important part in the Japanese military’s defense of Okinawa in the latter stages of World War II, and the island could now become a vital battleground in staving off mounting threats from Beijing. The government first…

South China Sea news: Japan sends Beijing dire warning with war ship deployment | World | News

Tokyo has revealed its plan to send a warship on a three month tour through the contested waters of the South China Sea. Reports suggest the fresh bearing of teeth comes as Beijing attempts to buff-up its claim to sovereignty over the region, of which some seven nations claim a degree of ownership. China’s increasing military presence in the sea has sparked fears among western powers, as well as Japan, who has famously tried its hand at pacifism, though now seems to be moving towards a strongman position. The US…

What Is Taiwan’s Legal Status According to International Law, Japan, and the US?

Taiwan holds a unique position in the realm of international law. Domestically, Taiwan possesses all the qualities of a “normal country,” including citizenship, territorial jurisdiction, government, and “sovereignty.” Taiwan is sovereign by the international law definition — it’s an ultimate authority independent of other authorities in the world; however, Taiwan does not have a common recognition internationally. According to Oppenheim’s International Law: A Treatise, recognition is a requirement for a country to become a member of the international family, and having the qualifications alone are not enough. By this definition,…

Beijing turns South China Sea code into barrier for US and Japan

TOKYO — China has changed tack on a proposed South China Sea code of conduct with Southeast Asian countries, potentially paving the way to exclude rivals, including the U.S. and Japan, from the hotly contested waters. Initially aimed to curb Beijing’s maritime expansion, the draft code includes language that could bar Washington and Tokyo from maritime development in Southeast Asia, according to information obtained by the Japanese government. They could also be required to obtain advanced approval from China for joint military drills with the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. “China’s goal…

Indo-Japan fighter aircraft exercise in Japan in 2020

NEW DELHI: India and Japan have agreed to add a new element to their growing defence partnership by holding joint fighter aircraft exercise in Japan in 2020. This was decided at the maiden 2+2 Foreign and Defence Minister Dialogue held here on Saturday. India and Japan also in a subtle message to China on Code of Conduct (CoC) for Southern China Sea urged that CoC should be effective, substantive and consistent with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. It should ensure freedom of…

All 16 leaders working to resolve India’s concerns over RCEP: Japan

New Delhi: Commenting on India‘s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a spokesperson of the Japanese Foreign Ministry on Sunday said that all the countries of the grouping are working to resolve New Delhi‘s concerns over RCEP. “All the 16 leaders are working to resolve issues related to India on RCEP in a satisfactory way,” Atsushi Kaifu, Deputy Press Secretary in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said here. His comments came a day after India and Japan held their first foreign and defence ministerial talks…

India, Japan oppose China’s bid on South China Sea code

India has joined Japan to oppose China’s latest move to press the ASEAN hard to insert in the proposed Code of Conduct on the South China Sea certain clauses that would help it keep its rivals and other nations outside the region away from the disputed waters. New Delhi joined Tokyo to stress that the proposed Code of Conduct being negotiated by China and the 10 South East Asian nations “must not prejudice the rights and interests of the stakeholders using the South China Sea and freedoms of all states under international law”. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S…

Japan, India to conduct fighter jet drill for deeper security ties

Japan and India agreed Saturday to conduct their first-ever joint fighter aircraft exercise in Japan as part of efforts to promote bilateral security cooperation in the face of China’s military buildup and regional assertiveness. In the inaugural “two-plus-two” security talks, the foreign and defense ministers of the two Asian democracies also welcomed the significant progress in negotiations for an acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, or ACSA, and called for an early conclusion, according to a joint statement issued after the talks in New Delhi. (Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his…