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Japan Defies China, Sends Submarine to South China Sea Naval Exercise

Japan courted the wrath of China on Monday by announcing its submarine Kuroshio has been dispatched to join an anti-submarine warfare exercise in the South China Sea on Thursday, marking the first officially confirmed drill for a Japanese sub in those contested waters.

Jim Mattis, Itsunori Onodera

Mattis in Tokyo: ‘Longstanding Alliance Between Japan and U.S. Stands Firm’

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis became the highest-ranking Trump administration official to visit Japan on Friday, offering reassurances that America’s commitment to regional security remains firm and promising that Japanese kidnapping victims will not be forgotten during negotiations with North Korea.

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Delingpole: Who Will Succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May?

James Delingpole and British MP Daniel Kawczynski discuss potential successors to British Prime Minister Theresa May. Among their favorites are MPs Jacob Rees Mogg and Priti Patel. Also, James and Kawczynski weigh in on Brexit, Poland, and the changes in Saudi Arabia.

BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 10: China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People, on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, November 10, 2014 in Beijing, China. APEC Economic Leaders' Meetings and …

China Panics over First Japanese Marine Unit Since World War II

On Saturday, Japan activated its first marine combat unit since World War Two. China immediately panicked over the relatively small Japanese force, denouncing the revival of “militarism” under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and advising every other Asian nation to go on “high alert” in the state-run Global Times.

The Type 093B SSN is China's newest nuclear attack submarine. Stealthy and fast, it can quickly fire a barrage of vertically launched cruise missiles at unsuspecting ships and land targets.

Japan Claims Chinese Nuclear Attack Sub Spotted Near Disputed Senkaku Islands

The Japanese military claims to have discovered a Chinese Shang-class nuclear attack submarine in the East China Sea, operating submerged near the disputed Senkaku Islands on the perimeter of Japanese territorial waters. The sub was initially detected on Thursday and then spotted again on Friday cruising on the surface and sporting a Chinese flag.

Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers march to their positions prior to a military parade marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung, in Pyongyang on April 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ED JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

China, Korea and Japan: the Great Asian War Game

The latest issue of the National Interest asks if we are looking at “war in Asia” within the next decade or so. The question asked collectively by the headline articles is whether the multi-sided contest between China, the Koreas, and Japan can be resolved without someone, somewhere, pulling a trigger. The urgent question for U.S. policymakers is whether America can do anything to make overt hostilities less likely.

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Mattis Concludes Asia Trip with Warning to China: Stay Out of Japanese Islands

Secretary of Defense James Mattis concluded his visit to Japan this weekend with a glowing statement praising Tokyo as a “model of cost-sharing” on defense, while warning China that the United States will not hesitate to defend Japan’s East China Sea islands should Beijing make a move to colonize them.

This picture taken on April 12, 2016 shows a Vietnamese Navy officer (foreground) filming two Japanese Navy's guided-missile destroyers anchored at Cam Ranh Bay in central Vietnam. The two Japanese Self-Defence Force guided-missile destroyers Ariake and Setogiri with 500 sailors aboard are paying a four-day port call at Cam Ranh …

Japan Vows Joint Exercises with U.S. in South China Sea

Japan’s defense minister announced in Washington Thursday that the nation is seeking to participate in joint maritime exercises with the United States in the South China Sea, a direct challenge to China’s repeated demands for Japan to stay out of the region.

WOODY ISLAND, SOUTH CHINA SEA - APRIL 26, 2016: DigitalGlobe imagery from 26 April 2016 of Woody Island (Yongxing Island) in the South China Sea. The Island has been under the control of the People's Republic of China since 1956. (Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images)

Report: China to Impose ‘Air Defense Identification Zone’ in South China Sea

A report in the South China Morning Post cites Chinese sources as stating that Beijing is preparing to impose an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea, which would require all aircraft to allow China to track their movements in the region, even over the sovereign territory of other nations.

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Following Week of South China Sea Tensions, China Flexes Muscle in East China Sea

The Chinese navy is sending an advance missile frigate into the East China Sea, risking exacerbating tensions in waters it claims against Japan. The move follows a week in which the international community has condemned China’s illegal development of military facilities in the South China Sea.

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Japan, Philippines Forge Closer Military Ties in Wake of Chinese Land Grab

Philippine President Benigno Aquino is set to land in Japan on Tuesday following initial negotiations for new weapons trade deals and closer military ties. Observers see the move as a preventative measure in the face of China’s expanded efforts in disputed South China Sea territory to build military facilities and artificial islands, violating international law.

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State Department Warns China: Stop Building ‘Sandcastles’ in South China Sea

Tensions are rising in the South China Sea as American officials have become increasingly vocal regarding their opposition to China’s development of islands over which Vietnam and the Philippines contend China has no sovereignty. In a scathing opinion piece in state media Friday, China has responded by telling American officials to stay out of Asian affairs.