South, North Korea ships fire shots at disputed sea border

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula`s west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said.

"Strongly protest" over Russia`s military exercises on disputed islands: Japan

Japan said on Wednesday that Tokyo would "strongly protest" to Russia over military exercises on disputed Pacific islands that have strained relations between the two nations since the end of World War Two. 

Russia ready for talks with Japan over disputed islands: Putin

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Russia is ready for talks with Japan over disputed Pacific Islands but that Japan may not be ready for negotiations.

China summons US, Japan envoys over remarks on disputed island

China today summoned USA and Japanese ambassadors here separately and lodged protest over a joint statement issued during US President`s visit to Tokyo that asserted their bilateral security treaty was applicable to the disputed islands.

Japan begins work on surveillance unit near disputed islands

Japan broke ground today on a coastal surveillance unit near a string of islands at the centre of a bitter territorial dispute with China, a report said.

Mauritius opposes British minister`s visit to disputed islands

Mauritius protested against a recent visit by British minister Mark Simmonds to the Chagos Archipelago, which Mauritius deems as part of its territory, a statement said.

Philippines says China fired water cannon at disputed shoal

The Philippines` military chief today accused China`s coast guard of firing water cannon at Filipino fishermen for the first time to drive them away from a disputed sea shoal.

Japan stages rally over disputed islands with S Korea

Japan held an annual rally on Saturday marking Tokyo`s claim to a set of tiny islands controlled by South Korea, further fuelling a long-standing territorial row between the neighbours.

Japan issues teachers new instructions on disputed islands

Japanese education chiefs will instruct schools to teach children that islands at the centre of disputes with China and South Korea belong unequivocally to Tokyo, the government said on Tuesday.

China defends air defence zone over disputed islands

China on Saturday defended its establishment of an air defence zone over islands diputed with Japan following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remarks that Beijing was forcibly changing the status quo in the East China Sea.

China ships enter waters off disputed islands

Three Chinese ships entered disputed waters off Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Sunday, the Japanese coastguard said, the first such incursion this year.

US telling airlines to stay safe in East China Sea

The United States is advising all US airlines to take steps to stay safe amid fresh tensions in the East China Sea as they seek clarification about Beijing`s newly-declared air zone over disputed islands.

Japan mulls expanding air zone: Report

Japan is considering expanding its air defence identification zone in the Pacific Ocean, a report said today, as Tokyo and Beijing lock horns over Chinese claims to control airspace above the East China Sea.

Air defence zone over islets not to affect flights: China

China on Saturday established an air defence zone over disputed islands claimed by Japan, sparking fresh tensions though Beijing maintained that the move would not affect international flights over the region.

China sets air defence zone over disputed islands with Japan

China on Saturday established an air defence zone over disputed islands administered by Japan, a move that can exasperate tensions between the two countries.

China jeopardising peace in island row: Japan

Beijing is jeopardising peace in a row with Tokyo over disputed islands, Japan`s defence minister said today, days after China warned any bid to shoot down its drones would constitute "an act of war".

China coastguard ups pressure in Japan island spat

China on Monday kept up the pressure on Japan over disputed islands, sending its coastguard to the area following Beijing`s weekend mention of "war" after Tokyo reportedly readied to down its drones.

Japan protests against South Korean drill on disputed islands

Japan lodged a protest on Friday after South Korea`s military and coast guard conducted an "unacceptable" defence drill on disputed islands, the latest flare-up in tension between the two Asian neighbours.

Japan takes issue with Google maps over islands: Reports

Japan has asked local authorities and state-run universities not to post Google maps on their websites because some of them use non-Japanese names for disputed islands, reports said on Sunday.

Japan on high alert for disputed islands anniversary

Japan`s coastguard was on high alert Wednesday, a year to the day since Tokyo nationalised islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with China.