South Korean and Japanese flights through China's new maritime air defense zone added to the international defiance Thursday of rules Beijing says it has imposed in East China Sea but that neighbors and the U.S. have vowed to ignore.
An update of Japan's long-term defense policy to be unveiled next month will call for stronger air and maritime surveillance capabilities and the improved ability to defend far-flung isles as concerns rise about China's growing military assertiveness.
Australia refused Thursday to back down from criticism of China's newly declared air defense identification zone, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott proclaiming a right to “speak our mind.”
A “safety-related action” automatically shut down one of South Korea's 23 nuclear reactors on Thursday, the country's nuclear operator said, bringing the tally of those closed to six and hiking the chances of power blackouts this winter.
Sri Lanka said it had “nothing to hide” Thursday as it began compiling a death toll from its war against Tamil separatists, after allegations of mass killings of civilians.
Vietnam passed a revised constitution on Thursday that reaffirms the dominant political and economic role of the Communist Party, disappointing reform advocates who had taken advantage of an unprecedented public revision process to press for far greater change.
Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday breezed through a no-confidence vote in parliament where her party holds a commanding majority, but faced mounting pressure from widening anti-government protests.
The United States pledged support for ally Japan on Wednesday in a growing dispute with China over islands in the East China Sea and senior U.S. administration officials accused Beijing of behavior that had unsettled its neighbors.
With China's Liaoning aircraft carrier (遼寧艦) reported to be steaming towards Taiwan's maritime borders, President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday indicated through a spokesperson that the nation remains committed to resolving conflicts according to terms stipulated in his East China Sea peace initiative (空海和平倡議).
Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers flew over disputed islands on a training mission in the East China Sea without informing Beijing, while Japan's main airlines ignored Chinese authorities when their planes passed through a new airspace defense zone on Wednesday., 2 Comments