China is beefing up spending on high-tech weapons and upgrading combat readiness as it throws its military weight behind territorial claims that have stirred tensions with Japan and Southeast Asian neighbors.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stepped up a war of words with China, alleging an international campaign to taint Japan’s image by focusing on past militarism rather than decades of peace since World War II.
The U.S. and China are discussing ways to improve communication between their militaries to avoid potential conflict at a time of heightened tensions in the region, departing U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke said.
More Japanese companies are choosing the Asean region over China as an investment destination as rising costs and concerns about the environment make Asia’s biggest economy less attractive, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.
The Philippines is “very close” to completing an agreement to boost the number of U.S. troops allowed into the country at a time of growing tension over territorial disputes with China, President Benigno Aquino said.
Trade between China and Japan, Asia’s biggest economies, is set to pick up this year after a two-year slump, irrespective of political tensions, according to the Japan External Trade Organization, or Jetro.