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Japan to build surveillance facility in Pacific

Japan's Defense Ministry plans to build a communications intelligence facility on an outlying island in the Pacific Ocean to enhance surveillance on the growing Chinese military presence in the ocean, a government source said Thursday. The ministry's budget request for fiscal 2014 from next April includes part of the 12 billion yen needed to build the facility, which is slated to start operation in fiscal 2017 on Iwoto Island about 1,250 kilometers south of central Tokyo, the source said.

U.S. says hopes China, Japan push diplomacy on isles spat

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States hopes that tentative diplomatic engagement between China and Japan amid their dispute over a group of islands in the East China Sea is successful as escalation is in nobody's interest, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Saturday. Ties between the world's second- and third-biggest economies have been strained over the uninhabited islets, controlled by Japan but claimed by both countries. The isles are known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China.

Four Chinese ships enter disputed waters

Four Chinese ships entered waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan on Saturday with no sign of a compromise seen between Asia's two largest powers. The four Chinese coastguard vessels sailed into the 12-nautical-mile territorial waters around the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands -- which Beijing calls the Diaoyus -- Saturday morning, the Japanese coastguard said. They had all left the waters more than four hours later and were in contiguous waters just outside of the 12-nautical-mile band Saturday afternoon, the Japanese guards said.

China avoids congratulating Tokyo on successful Olympic bid

China's Foreign Ministry on Monday stopped short of congratulating Tokyo for winning its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and instead urged Japan to make more efforts to mend bilateral ties frayed over an island dispute. "We have noticed the decision made by the International Olympic Committee," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in his brusque response at a press conference, when asked whether China has any comment on the Japanese capital's successful bid.

China supports U.N. chief's 'introspection' remarks on Japan

BEIJING, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- China voiced support on Wednesday for recent remarks by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who called for "deep introspection" by some Japanese leaders on their country's wartime atrocities, saying they should own up to history. Ban had made the remarks in Seoul early this week over moves by Japan to revise its pacifist constitution, prompting Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga to question the comments. In a statement, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said his government "positively assessed" the remarks by Ban.

Japan, China quietly mark 35th anniversary of friendship treaty

Japan and China on Monday quietly marked the 35th anniversary of signing the treaty of peace and friendship between the two countries, with no official events being held in Beijing, at a time of continued frosty relations stemming from a dispute over a group of islands. A two-day forum of about 100 experts from the two countries was scheduled to take place in Beijing on the occasion of the anniversary, but the event has been postponed upon a request from the Chinese side.

New Chinese game lets players retake disputed islands

A military-backed Chinese video game released Thursday allows players to satisfy their patriotism by fighting enemy forces in islands disputed with Japan, reflecting enduring tensions. "Glorious Mission Online", China's answer to "Call of Duty", marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). The game, an online version of an earlier first-person shooter game used by the PLA to train troops, features the East China Sea islands known as Diaoyu by Beijing and Senkaku by Tokyo.

New Chinese game lets players retake disputed islands

A video game backed by China's military that lets players fight enemy forces in islands disputed between Beijing and Tokyo was set for release Thursday. "Glorious Mission Online", China's answer to "Call of Duty", marks the 86th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA). An online version of an earlier first-person shooter used by the PLA to train troops, the game features the East China Sea islands known as Diaoyu by Beijing, which claims them, but controlled by Tokyo, which calls them Senkaku.

Japan's vice foreign minister sent to China to ease tensions

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki arrived in Beijing on Monday for two days of talks aimed at easing tensions between the two countries over a territorial row. Saiki is scheduled to meet with his counterpart Zhang Yesui, and the two may exchange views on the timing of a summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to sources close to bilateral relations.

Senior Japan diplomat arrives in China for talks to ease tensions

Japan's Vice Foreign Minister Akitaka Saiki arrived in Beijing on Monday for two days of talks aimed at easing tensions between the two countries over a territorial row. Saiki is scheduled to meet with his counterpart Zhang Yesui, and the two may exchange views on the timing of a summit meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to sources close to bilateral relations.
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