Chen says Taiwan provided China sub info to Japan, U.S.

Chen Shui-bian acknowledged that Taiwan had provided intelligence information to Japan and the US about a Chinese nuclear submarine which was found inside Japanese waters last week. It’s not clear what specific information Taiwan provided, but Chen told an official at Japan’s embassy on Taiwan: “‘It’s our pleasure to contribute firsthand information to Japan and […]

Oil fuels Asian giants’ tensions

From BBC: “The row over the intrusion into Japanese waters of one of China’s nuclear submarines is the latest in a long series of awkward moments in the fraught relationship between Asia’s two most powerful nations.”

Japan-China summit at APEC

Following the incident involving a Chinese submarine’s intrusion into Japanese waters, the Asahi Shimbun has written an editorial calling on Prime Minister Koizumi to meet with President Hu during the APEC meetings in Santiago, Chile: “If Japan is to expand its economic relationship with China in a stable manner, exchanges of views at summit talks […]

Friction grows between Japan and China

From AP (via USA Today): “Despite a thriving economic partnership, political ties between Japan and China are at their lowest ebb in years. The two countries are locked in disputes over World War II history, natural gas exploration and now a bold incursion by a Chinese nuclear submarine. The troubles have blocked a meeting between […]

Media Reports On Chinese Sub Incursion Into Japanese Waters

From Associated Press (via the Miami Herald): “China acknowledged Tuesday for the first time that one of its submarines had accidentally crossed into Japanese waters last week and expressed regret over the incursion, Japan’s foreign minister said. But China refused to confirm Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura’s remarks, leaving the two sides publicly at odds […]

China Urges Calm Over Submarine Dispute

From AP via Washington Post: “Japan and China should try to resolve their differences calmly, China’s ambassador to Japan said Saturday, a day after Tokyo filed a protest with Beijing over the intrusion of a Chinese nuclear submarine. The incident has strained relations between two of Asia’s biggest economic and military powers.”

Chinese sub detected in Japan waters

From Big News Network (via: China National News) : “Japanese government officials Thursday confirmed a Chinese Navy submarine intrusively entered Japanese waters a day earlier. The submarine was discovered early Wednesday off Taramajima Island, part of the Miyako Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, by Maritime Self-Defense Force P-3C patrol aircraft. The order to monitor the submarine […]

Officials criticized for response to sub

From the Asahi Shimbun: “The chase continued Thursday night of a suspected Chinese submarine that had entered Japanese waters, as government officials came under fire for their delayed response to the intrusion. Maritime Self-Defense Force aircraft and ships were tracking the vessel that was spotted in Okinawa Prefecture on Wednesday. Government sources said the submarine […]

China ‘no clues’ over mystery sub

From News.Com.Au: “China today said it knew nothing about a submarine that entered Japanese waters near a disputed gas field sparking a high seas chase, but was watching the issue closely. ”

Suspected Chinese nuclear sub enters Japanese waters

A submarine suspected of being a Chinese nuclear sub reportedly entered Japanese waters. According to Kyodo News: “The intrusion prompted the Japanese government to order the Maritime Self-Defense Force to take security action for only the second time ever, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroyuki Hosoda said. P-3C patrol planes from the MSDF detected and are tracking […]

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