China Orders Foreign Fishing Vessels Out of Most of the South China Sea

New rules issued prior to near collision between U.S. warship and Chinese naval vessel
South China Sea / AP

China has ordered foreign fishing vessels to obtain approval from regional authorities before fishing or surveying in two thirds of the South China Sea, setting up the potential for new confrontations between Beijing and its neighbors over maritime sovereignty claims to disputed islands.

Japan to Bolster Military, Boost Asia Ties to Counter China

Japan's military spending had fallen for 10 years until this year
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe / AP

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will boost its military spending in coming years, buying early-warning planes, beach-assault vehicles and troop-carrying aircraft, while seeking closer ties with Asian partners to counter a more militarily assertive China.

Pentagon: No Unusual Chinese Military Maneuvers Despite Tensions with Japan

Beijing launches first naval exercises since declaring ADIZ
Chinese naval fleet / AP

China’s military forces are showing no signs of increased alert status or readiness for conflict despite high tensions with Japan over Beijing’s air defense zone overlapping U.S. and Japanese air defense coverage of the disputed Senkaku islands.

Pentagon: China Failed to Consult Before Imposing Air Defense Zone

Hagel, Dempsey do not demand roll back of zone; no contacts with Chinese counterparts
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey

China’s military imposed a destabilizing air defense zone over the East China Sea without consulting the United States, and top Pentagon leaders said Wednesday there have been no contacts with their Chinese counterparts since the zone was set up Nov. 23.

U.S. Warns China Over East China Sea Maritime Grab

PRC air defense zone risks conflict over disputed islands
Chinese Internet

The Pentagon invoked a U.S. defense treaty with Japan and warned China on Saturday that its declaration of an air defense zone over the East China Sea is increasing the danger of military conflict.

U.S., Japan to Upgrade Defense Ties

Closer relations come amid growing tensions in Asia over China’s behavior
ohn Kerry, Chuck Hagel, Shinzo Abe, Fumio Kishida, Itsunori Onodera / AP

The United States and Japan announced on Thursday that defense relations are being strengthened for the first time in 16 years, including new force deployments and greater cooperation against missile and cyber attacks.