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The Senate Foreign Relations committee has easily approved President Barack Obama's nomination of veteran Sen. Max Baucus to become U.S. ambassador to China.

The United States warned China on Friday against any move to declare a new air defense zone over parts of the South China Sea including disputed islands.
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Hong Kong announced Wednesday it was imposing sanctions on the Philippines because of its “unacceptable” failure to apologize for a deadly hostage crisis more than three years ago.

North Korea's propaganda machine is churning out near-daily diatribes against the United States and South Korea for a series of soon-to-start military maneuvers, warning nuclear war could be imminent and saying it will take dramatic action of its own if further provoked.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday compared accidental naval incursions into Indonesian waters during asylum-seeker operations to dropping a catch in cricket and said Canberra's apology had been accepted.

The Japanese government announced Tuesday it is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize Japan's territorial rights to islands which are also claimed by China and South Korea.
Japan to step up education on territorial claim


The newly appointed head of Japan's public broadcaster NHK has stirred controversy by saying the system of forcibly drafting women into military brothels during World War II was “common in any country at war.”

China said Friday it has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan.

North Korea remains Washington's “number one security concern” in Asia, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Wednesday, despite simmering territorial disputes elsewhere in the region.

A new Asian diplomatic dispute broke out Monday after China unveiled a memorial to a Korean national hero who assassinated a Japanese official a century ago — with Tokyo condemning him as a “terrorist.”
China memorial to Korea hero angers Japan

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