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November 3, 1990 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An old territorial dispute over a tiny cluster of uninhabited islands was reignited last month, threatening to upset Japan's delicate balance of friendship with neighbors Taiwan and China--and revealing how raw Asian sensitivities still are over the legacy of Japanese militarism. THE ISSUE--In dispute is a group of five islets and three coral reefs in the East China Sea about 130 miles northeast of Taiwan and 100 miles north-northwest of Ishigaki Island in Japan's Okinawa prefecture.
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November 23, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Upping the gamesmanship with Japan over disputed East China Sea waters, China said Saturday it had established an air defense identification zone that would allow its military to take “emergency defensive measures” against unidentified aircraft. The Chinese Defense Ministry said that aircraft flying through the zone would be required to identify themselves and implied that those in violation could be shot down. To underscore the threat, the air force conducted its first patrol at 10 a.m. Saturday, using two reconnaissance planes accompanied by early-warning aircraft and fighter jets "providing support and cover.
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September 27, 1996 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An activist from here drowned Thursday during a symbolic plunge in the stormy sea near the disputed Diaoyu islands after Japanese patrol boats thwarted the protesters' mission to reclaim the islands for China. While 17 Japanese coast guard and military ships encircled a rusting tanker headed for the islands, David Chan, the protest group leader, and four other men roped themselves to the ship, put on life jackets and jumped overboard.
WORLD
September 16, 2012 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Anti-Japan rallies spread to dozens more Chinese cities Sunday, as thousands of people demonstrated against the Japanese government's plan to buy several uninhabited islands near Taiwan that China also claims. Protesters marched in front of diplomatic compounds, attacked Japanese businesses and burned Japanese flags. In the southern city of Guangzhou, demonstrators stormed into the first two floors of a complex that houses the Japanese Consulate, breaking windows in a hotel and smashing a vehicle.
WORLD
November 23, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- Upping the gamesmanship with Japan over disputed East China Sea waters, China said Saturday it had established an air defense identification zone that would allow its military to take “emergency defensive measures” against unidentified aircraft. The Chinese Defense Ministry said that aircraft flying through the zone would be required to identify themselves and implied that those in violation could be shot down. To underscore the threat, the air force conducted its first patrol at 10 a.m. Saturday, using two reconnaissance planes accompanied by early-warning aircraft and fighter jets "providing support and cover.
WORLD
September 16, 2012 | By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Anti-Japan rallies spread to dozens more Chinese cities Sunday, as thousands of people demonstrated against the Japanese government's plan to buy several uninhabited islands near Taiwan that China also claims. Protesters marched in front of diplomatic compounds, attacked Japanese businesses and burned Japanese flags. In the southern city of Guangzhou, demonstrators stormed into the first two floors of a complex that houses the Japanese Consulate, breaking windows in a hotel and smashing a vehicle.
NEWS
August 11, 1992 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending an eight-month struggle to win approval from his own ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa told party leaders Monday that Emperor Akihito will make the first-ever imperial visit to China this fall. An official announcement by both countries is expected to be made Aug. 25. Akihito and Empress Michiko will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and the ancient capital of Xian--probably between Oct. 22 and Oct. 27, Japanese officials said.
WORLD
November 26, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - The U.S. dispatched a pair of bombers to fly over a disputed island chain in the East China Sea, challenging a new claim by China that it controls an air defense zone over the area. The aircraft flew out of Guam on Monday and entered the new “East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone,” Pentagon officials said. China made no response, they said. The Air Force bases B-52 bombers in Guam, but Pentagon officials would not comment on the type of bomber used in the overflight.
OPINION
January 18, 2013 | By Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman
This month 75 years ago, the people of Nanking, China's ancient capital city, were in the midst of one of the worst atrocities in history, the infamous Rape of Nanking. The truth of what actually happened is at the center of a bitter dispute between China and Japan that continues to play out in present-day relations. Many Chinese see Japan's election last month of ultraconservative nationalist Shinzo Abe as prime minister as just the latest in a string of insults. And it was recently reported that Japan is considering rolling back its 1993 apology regarding "comfort women," the thousands of women the Japanese army sexually enslaved during World War II. In 1937, the Japanese Imperial Army, captured Nanking on Dec. 13. No one knows the exact toll the Japanese soldiers exacted on its citizens, but a postwar Allied investigation put the numbers at more than 200,000 killed and at least 20,000 women and girls raped in the six weeks after the city fell.
WORLD
September 11, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Yuriko Nagano, Los Angeles Times
The arrest of a Chinese fishing boat captain by Japan this week has worsened a historical rift between Tokyo and Beijing over a string of disputed islands and could threaten long-term relations between the two Asian neighbors, experts warned Friday. The Chinese government has twice summoned the Japanese ambassador to decry the arrest Wednesday of the 41-year-old captain, Zhan Qixiong, whose trawler collided with Japanese patrol boats near the uninhabited islands. On Friday, the day after Zhan was turned over to prosecutors, who will consider whether to file charges, Beijing dispatched its own ship to the islands.
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | MAGGIE FARLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An activist from here drowned Thursday during a symbolic plunge in the stormy sea near the disputed Diaoyu islands after Japanese patrol boats thwarted the protesters' mission to reclaim the islands for China. While 17 Japanese coast guard and military ships encircled a rusting tanker headed for the islands, David Chan, the protest group leader, and four other men roped themselves to the ship, put on life jackets and jumped overboard.
NEWS
November 3, 1990 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An old territorial dispute over a tiny cluster of uninhabited islands was reignited last month, threatening to upset Japan's delicate balance of friendship with neighbors Taiwan and China--and revealing how raw Asian sensitivities still are over the legacy of Japanese militarism. THE ISSUE--In dispute is a group of five islets and three coral reefs in the East China Sea about 130 miles northeast of Taiwan and 100 miles north-northwest of Ishigaki Island in Japan's Okinawa prefecture.
OPINION
December 27, 2013 | By Nina Hachigian
As 2013 draws to a close, where does the complex and consequential relationship between the United States and China stand? Relations between the two nations are enormously broad now, with hundreds of policy issues from agriculture to zoology joining American and Chinese interests. Even when we look to some of the key issues, no convincing pattern emerges. On the security front, 2013 was decidedly mixed. Washington and Beijing worked side by side when it came to the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, and China supported the breakthrough six-month interim deal with Tehran.
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