#AceNewsServices – TOKYO – May 31 – Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness.
The Japanese coastguard said the vessels entered the 12-nautical-mile band of territorial waters around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, around 10 am (0100 GMT).
Chinese vessels and aircraft have regularly approached the East China Sea archipelago — thought to harbour natural resources — since Tokyo nationalised some of the islands in September 2012, setting off the latest spate of incidents in a long-running territorial dispute.
Saturday’s incursion was the first of official Chinese vessels into the disputed waters since May 2 and the 12th this year.
China is also locked in territorial disputes, in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims almost entirely.
There have been incidences of Vietnam and China ramming each other’s vessels recently while in 2012 the Philippines lost control of rich fishing grounds after a tense stand-off with China.
Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam — claim parts of the sea, with Manila and Hanoi being the most vocal in opposing China’s claims. Taiwan is also a claimant.
At the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore Saturday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel accused China of “destabilising actions” in the South China Sea.
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#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 19
Six warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet, led by a missile cruiser, the Varyag, entered on Monday Shanghai’s port of Wusong ahead of the joint naval drills with China, code-named Joint Sea 2014 and running on May 20-26 in the northern waters of the East China Sea, a spokesperson for the Russian Defence Ministry said.
#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – May 14 – Japan will observe with great interest Russian-Chinese trainings Joint Sea 2014 due in the East China Sea on May 20-26, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday.
Joint navy training in the area will not affect the status of the Shenkaku Islands, called the Diaoyu Islands in China, he believes. According to Suga, Japan controls the islands, which are the subject of an acute territorial dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.
This will be the third time Russia and China will hold Joint Sea exercise aimed at strengthening practical navy cooperation and countering various sea threats.
#AceWorldNews reports that Tokyo scrambled jets to counter Chinese air-planes that flew close to Japanese airspace, defence officials said.
An information-gathering plane and two Chinese bombers were picked up by the Japanese flying over the East China Sea in international airspace on Sunday.
China and Japan are currently embroiled in a bitter territorial row over a group of island in the East China Sea known as the Senkakus to the Japanese and the Diaoyus to the Chinese.
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Shots fired at Thai army facility where PM Shinawatra holds meeting
Shots were fired at a Thai army facility in north Bangkok on Tuesday where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was holding meetings, Reuters reported. Two people were injured, said Chumpol Jumsai, an anti-government protest leader. “Someone fired shots. One protester was hurt and the man who fired the shots was hurt, too,”Chumpol said. Yingluck was meeting members of the country’s Election Commission on Tuesday. The commission says the country is too unstable to hold an election on February 2.
Poultry trading halted in eastern China after new H7N9 cases
Authorities in eastern China announced a ban Tuesday on live poultry sales. The move followed an increase in the number of people infected with the H7N9 strain of bird flu. The virus has killed 19 people in China so far this year out of 96 infections, AP quoted Feng Zijian, the deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as saying. More than 50 cases had been reported a week ago, and most cases have been linked to contact with poultry. The jump in cases comes during the 40-day travel period around Chinese New Year.
Japan revising teaching manuals to emphasize territorial claims
The Japanese government is revising official teaching manuals to emphasize territorial rights to the islands disputed with China and South Korea, AP reported. Tuesday’s decision is to reflect the government’s official view on the territorial claims, according to the Education Ministry. The revision affects ministry-issued teaching manuals for junior high and high school social classes, but the manuals are not legally binding. The manuals currently in use do not mention the Japan-claimed East China Sea islands, which are also claimed by China. Officials also say and the reference to the Japan-claimed islands held by South Korea in the Sea of Japan is “too soft.”
US farm bill deal proposes 1% cut to food stamps, continues big subsidies
After a two-year fight, the US House and Senate Agriculture committees announced Monday a bipartisan deal on a new farm bill that proposes a one percent cut to funding for food stamps while continuing to heavily subsidize major crops. The legislation is expected to cost around $100 billion a year over five years, a cut of around $2.3 billion a year from current spending levels, AP reported. The measure would cut $800 million per year, or one percent, from the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program – a decrease from House legislation that proposed a five percent decrease, yet more than the Senate’s $400 million cut. The bill released Monday also proposes a work-requirement test program for food stamp recipients in 10 states. The farm bill also continues generous subsidies for major crops like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, and cotton, though many subsidies will shift to an insurance program, requiring farmers to take losses before any payout. Powerful meat and poultry groups said they will not support the legislation, given that the bill’s language does not delay a country-of-origin labeling program they have opposed. House GOP leaders have said they will support the deal made with the Democratic-led Senate.
19 people die from H7N9 virus in China as infections rise
The H7N9 bird flu virus has killed 19 people in China this year. The total number of human infections now stands at 96, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced. China has also banned live fowl trading in some areas, following more reports of the H7N9 infection in several provinces, Xinhua reported. On Monday evening, Hong Kong’s health authority confirmed a H7N9 case at a local market. It plans to slaughter about 20,000 birds to curb the infection from spreading.
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Home-made bomb explodes near French church in Rome
A small home-made bomb exploded in a street in central Rome early on Thursday, Reuters said. The bomb caused slight damage to a building belonging to a French religious establishment and three parked cars. The explosion occurred ahead of a visit to Pope Francis by President Francois Hollande.
Gunman kills 5 Afghan cricket players
A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire at a group of local cricket players, killing five of them during a game in eastern Laghman province, AP reported. The attacker fled the scene in Alinghar district, a provincial spokesman, Sarhadii Zhouak, said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack that took place on Thursday. Also, police in southern Helmand province found the body of slain journalist Noor Ahmad Noori late on Thursday night.
China issues warnings to foreign military planes over defence zone
Beijing has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea, AP reported. Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said that multiple types of Chinese planes recently conducted a long-range patrol inside the sweeping zone that was declared in November. The Chinese planes flew alongside a number of foreign military aircraft and issued warnings to them. The spokesman did not identify the planes or say when the patrol was conducted. The US, Japan and other countries earlier denounced the zone’s declaration as provocative.
UN urges Myanmar to probe killings of Rohingya Muslims
The UN has called on Myanmar to investigate reports that dozens of people were killed in attacks on Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state. It said “credible information” was received of a series of attacks in a remote area of Rakhine earlier this month. The western state of Rakhine remains tense after outbreaks of inter-communal violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities since 2012.
South Sudan ceasefire signed in Ethiopia
South Sudan’s government and rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement, considered to be the first step to reconciliation between the two sides, following violence that erupted in mid-December and is thought to be a result of strained relations between President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar, whom Kiir sacked in July 2013. The conflict had since taken on an ethnic dimension. The deal was reached on Thursday in Ethiopia and was greeted by mediators and regional leaders alike. It is expected to come into effect 24 hours after being signed.
Blast reported in Cairo
A large blast was heard in Cairo on Friday, eyewitnesses report. Smoke was seen rising over the city center. State TV said the blast happened near police headquarters, indicating that it may have been an attack.
The North Korean military secretly carried out a practice exercise simulating an attack on a South Korea’s largest airport, using specially designed jets that are meant to enter Southern airspace. A South Korean government source told JoongAng Ilbo that the nighttime exercises came on January 19, one day before North Korean state media reported that Kim Jong-un attended a military drill without expanding on any details. The North Koreans are suspected of practicing entering South Korea by parachute, staging a terrorist attack at the Incheon International Airport, and then occupying planes sitting on the runway. The South Korean official added that such an event is “extremely rare.”
Virginia attorney general will oppose state’s gay marriage ban
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced Thursday that he will no longer defend the state’s gay marriage ban, saying he will join a lawsuit that seeks to have the prohibition declared unconstitutional. Herring, a Democrat, said he has voted against marriage equality in the past but told NPR that his views have changed because he saw that he “hurt a lot of people and it was very painful for a lot of people” when he previously voted in favor of the ban. Herring admitted that the ban was put in place by Virginia voters but said that as attorney general, he “cannot and will not defend laws that violate Virginians `rights’
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