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China Unveils Plans for Streamlined Government

China’s State Council has submitted widely-anticipated plans for the restructuring of several government agencies to the National People’s Congress. The seventh such initiative in the past 30 years, the new plan aims...

China’s Diaoyu Goal: “Wear Out” Japan

While both sides may be moving to ease tensions in the disputed Diaoyu Islands, Reuters reports that the Chinese navy continues to send ships to the area in an attempt to overwhelm the inferior Japanese forces tasked with...

China and Japan Move to Cool Down Diaoyu Dispute

China Daily reports on CCP general secretary Xi Jinping’s recent meeting with a Japanese envoy in Beijing, in which standing tensions over the Diaoyu Islands were indirectly addressed: Xi Jinping on Friday said China and...

Diaoyu Tensions Hang Over Envoy’s Beijing Visit

A Japanese envoy visited Beijing on Tuesday to discuss simmering tensions between the two sides, according to the Associated Press. From the South China Morning Post: Natsuo Yamaguchi made no comments upon his arrival but told...

China Critical of Clinton’s Diaoyu Remarks

U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton stood with Japan’s Foreign Minister on Friday and said that America opposed “any unilateral actions that would seek to undermine Japanese administration” of the Diaoyu...

Diaoyu Dispute: Where Will Tensions Lead?

A Foreign Ministry spokesman announced on Wednesday that China would carry out a geographical survey of the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, according to Xinhua News. From AFP (via the South China Morning Post): The mapping...

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Diaoyu Islands

Japan sent fighter jets to the disputed Diaoyu Islands on Thursday after it detected several Chinese military planes in the area, according to Japanese media. From AFP (via the South China Morning Post): The Chinese planes were...

Will 2013 Bring War Over the Diaoyu Islands?

Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun on Thursday said the Chinese military is on guard against Japanese jet activity near the Diaoyu Islands, according to Xinhua News: “We will decisively fulfill our tasks and missions...

Will Beijing Use Force Over Diaoyu Islands?

The Diplomat’s James Holmes writes that Beijing has found “a low-risk way to make a high-impact statement” by taking to the skies in its dispute with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, though the advantages become...

Diaoyu Dispute Moves to the Skies

Japan scrambled fighter jets to the skies above the disputed Diaoyu Islands after it alleged that a Chinese surveillance plane violated its airspace on Thursday, according to The New York Times: In an embarrassment for the...

China Ready to Build More Aircraft Carriers

While China is selling more commercial jets and unveiling its newest stealth fighter, the China State Shipbuilding Corporation is calling for the building of more aircraft carriers. The company is owned by the Chinese state....

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