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Nov 19, 2012 6:00am PST
pen. sooep is under pressure to show it can remain united in the face of china's growing influence. patchari raksawong reports from phnom penh. patchari? >>> asean leaders have ended their closely watched meeting with china on the south china sea issue. both sides have agreed on the need to take concrete action towards establishing legally binding rules to resolve territorial disputes. however, they failed to make a concrete schedule for when that minor league happen. asean leaders met with chinese premier wen jiabao on monday evening. the south china sea is a contentious issue in part because the area is believed to hold rich natural resources. vietnam and the philippines have claimed other parts of the sea. they are strongly in favor of a legally binding code of conduct, or coc. but china seems reluctant. it apparently believes the coc will limit its maritime activities. before the talks, a chinese government spokesperson said asean should have more important issues to deal with. >> translator: first of all, asean nations should take appropriate measures in order to make progress
KCSMMHZ
Nov 20, 2012 6:00am PST
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >>> the united states and china have joined the final day of asean leaders meetings in cambodia. the two most powerful nations are competing for influence in the asia-pacific region. discussions on economic and security policies were expected to be intense. patchari raksawong reports from phnom penh. patchari? >>> the east asia summit was the big final meeting of the series of asean summits. the focus was how to deal with maritime disputes in the south china sea. the united states called on the parties to sign up to a legally binding code of conduct, or coc. china said the disputes should not be internationalized, an indirect reference to the united states. u.s. president barack obama and chinese premier wen jiabao held bilateral talks before the summit began on tuesday. they both seek closer ties with southeast asian countries as part of their competing regional strategies. >> it's important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and prosperous future for the asia-pacific region and for the world. >> despite their friendly wor
KCSMMHZ
Nov 9, 2012 6:00am PST
>> spotlight on china. hundreds of foreign journalists are in beijing for the communist party's congress trying to cover a high-profile political transition that is playing out behind closed doors. welcome to nhk world "newsline." top leaders and officials from across china spent the day mapping out where their country will go over the next five years. the communist party's congress is now well under way. the political transition is both highry controlled and highly secretive. delegates discuss, debate, and make deals. and in the end, they unveil the next generation of leaders who would take power. the 18th congress of the chinese communist party opened thursday. it happens every five years. between now and next week, representatives will be approving new policies and appointing new party leaders. delegates from each of china's provinces held regional discussions friday. they talked about ways to fix the problems they face. nhk world's james tengan is in beijing covering the congress. he told us more about the main players in china's transition of power. >> reporter: we've got a
KCSMMHZ
Jul 10, 2012 6:00am PDT
united states will also be present. ten asean member states met with japan, china and south korea on tuesday afternoon. those three countries are all members of the stalled six-party talks on north korea's nuclear program. the issue rose back on to the national agenda after the north made a failed missile launch in april. pyongyang said the rocket carried a satellite. specific concern was focused at the european debt crisis. delegates agreed to keep working on a financial safety net to protect economic growth in asia. still, the biggest issue throughout the week remained the south china sea territorial dispute. asean is trying to agree on a code of conduct or legally bind set of protocols for dispute but differents of opinion have rose asean members. on tuesday morning cambodian foreign minister held bilateral talks with its chinese counterpart. the content of their discussion has not been made public but as the chair nation cambodia apparently has an important role trying to coordinate an agreement on the south china sea issue. asean and china head into wednesday's talks with very d
KCSMMHZ
Oct 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
japan controls the territory. china and taiwan claim it. the chinese embassy in pakistan ran the full-page ad tuesday in pakistan's daily times. it accompanied a message by chinese ambassador to pakistan liu jian celebrating friendship between china and pakistan. the ad referred to the islands by its chinese name. it also said the u.s. and japan crafted back room deals to give the japanese government administrative control over senkaku. it calls the alleged agreement illegal and invalid. the government-controlled "china daily" ran similar advertisements last week in "the new york times" and "the washington post." japanese officials launched a protest against the newspapers for printing the ads. the foreign minister koichiro gemba has indicated japanese authorities will increase their efforts to assert their position on the islands to the international community. >> something like information warfare is under way. we need to appeal to the international community even though the status of our country on the island does not change. >> gemba added the japanese government sees no disp
KCSMMHZ
May 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> further intimidation. china expels an al jazeera journalist as it tries to pressure the media before its once in a decade change in leadership. welcome to nhk world "newsline." china refused to renew a visa for al jazeera's beijing correspondent who has now been forced to leave the country. nhk world has more from beijing. >> reporter: the qatar-based satellite broadcaster said chinese authorities refused to renew melissa chan's visa. al jazeera says it's closed its chinese bureau for its english language channel because authorities also refused to issue a visa for her replacement. chan is a u.s. citizen and had been reporting from china for al jazeera's english channel since 2007. she has covered social problems including what goes on at facilities that temporarily detain people who try to lodge petitions with the government. the foreign correspondents club of china has denounced the incident. it says that this is the most extreme example of a recent pattern of china's government using visas to censor and intimidate journalists from abroad. in 1998, china expelled a japanese
KCSMMHZ
Feb 5, 2013 6:00am PST
say it happened in the east china sea near islands both countries claim. >> translator: using this kind of radar, known as weapons radar, is an extremely unusual act. the japanese government believes that the situation could have become extremely dangerous. >> the defense minister revealed the incident happened on the morning on january 30th. the vessels were about three kilometers apart. he also says government analysts are investigating a separate incident from earlier in january. they suspect a chinese navy frigate locked its weapons radar on a self-defense force helicopter. japan and china have been locked in a dispute over the senkaku islands. the territory is in a area potentially rich in natural resources. japan controls the islands, china and taiwan claim them. the japanese government nationalized the islands last september. chinese surveillance ships have been navigating in and out of japanese waters near the territory ever since. the disagreement has affected diplomatic relations and trade. >>> the foreign minister is condemning the recent action in the east china sea. >>
KCSMMHZ
Sep 27, 2011 6:00am PDT
hospital. china's state-run "xinhua" news agency said the collision injured 245 people. it will happened tuesday on the number 10 subway line. transport officials say more than 500 passengers were on the two trains at the time. the transport authority says one train was running on reduced speed because of equipment failures. the second train slammed into it from behind. nhk's reporter on the scene said ambulances, police cars and fire engines have gathered near the station close to the accident site. >> translator: the train was stopped due to mechanical trouble. people were sitting down and just waiting. i had no idea what happened. it was a massive impact. >> this is the latest rail accident in china. in july a high-speed train collision killed 40 people. in 2009 a fire at a construction site at the shanghai subway left one worker dead and six others injured. the shanghai subway network opened in 1995 and has been rapidly expanding since then. the number 10 line is the new extension that opened in april of last year ahead of the shanghai expo. the shanghai metro now runs over
KCSMMHZ
Mar 26, 2013 6:00am PDT
after it passed suggesting downplay of the situation. historically anti-china sentiment has been strong within vietnam. the government there has in the past tacitly allowed public protest against china. but in december 2012, authorities in hanoi broke up a street demonstration apparently over concerns about antagonizing beijing. the vietnamese government now faces a challenge to appear strong in defense of its people, and territorial claims without pushing china too far. >>> china's chiez news spokes person hong lei justified the actions. >> china has unquestionable sovereignty over the parcel islands. the boat was engaged in illegal fishing. the action is justifiable and reasonable. >> he add ed the people involve ed said they did not damage the fishing boat. hong declined to confirm if shots were fired and whether the chinese vessel was a warship. >>> chinese president is in south africa to attend the summit of the brics emerging economies. xi jinping wants the chinese government to enhance ties to compete with the u.s. and other industrialized countries. this will be the first time p
KCSMMHZ
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." representatives of japan and china are trying to highlight the harmony and friendship between the two nations despite the divisions that exist. the countries are at odds over territory in the east china sea and as leaders trade bashes over the dispute, people from both sides are meeting to focus on the benefits of the ties. delegates include representatives of japanese associations promoting friendship with china and japan business federation and japanese lawmakers and met thursday with the chairman of the chinese people's political consultative conference. he is a member of the communist party's bureau and holds the fourth most p >> translator: we welcome you, our friends from japan. >> the chairman of the association of the promotion of international trade of japan responded. yohei kono said islands. china also claims the territory. the chairman of the association of the promotional of international trade responded he said the country ares an important part for asia and the rest of the world. they will attend a dinner party hosted by the chairm
KCSMMHZ
Sep 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
of islands. welcome to nhk world "newsline." japan and china are divided by a body of water, and these days they're divided over islands in the east china sea. japan controls the senkakus, china and taiwan claim them. the japanese and chinese vice foreign ministers have met to find a breakthrough, but they could not narrow their differences. japanese vice foreign minister chikao kawai and his chinese counterpart zhang zhijun met for four hours at the foreign ministry in beijing. kawai explained the background and consequence of japan's purchase of the islands. >> translator: we have exchanged our views on the situation frankly. we managed to agree that the two countries should continue talks to resolve their differences. >> the chinese foreign ministry released that said the purchase of the islands hurt the 1.3 billion chinese. a spokesperson quoted him directly. >> translator: japan should reflect deeply on its actions and correct past mistakes. then it should get bilateral ties back on the right track as soon as possible. >> japanese chief cabinet secretary osama fujimura said
KCSMMHZ
Jul 13, 2012 6:00am PDT
in the program. >>> china's fiscal fortunes are falling. 7.6 quarterly growth doesn't sound too bad if you look at state of things in the u.s. and europe. but for china, the april to june gdp figure marks a slowdown. the growth rate of its gross domestic product is below 8% for the first time in three years. it's been shrinking for the past six quarters. problems in europe and at home are to blame. the national bureau of statistics spokespersons says the figure is the lowest since the second quarter of 2009. that's when the global financial crisis pushed the growth rate below 7%. some analysts say the eurozone debt crisis is creating sluggish demand for chinese products, and that's weighing down on gdp. others cite weaker domestic demand because of uncertainties about the economy. national bureau of statistics spokesperson says the government is aiming to stop the economic slowdown. >> translator: the chinese government will continue to focus on steady growth, strengthening and adjusting the policies in a bid to maintain economic growth. >> chinese premier wen jiabao lowered the cou
KCSMMHZ
Apr 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
he's wading into territorial dispute between japan and china. shintaro ishihara made a surprise announcement about the senkaku islands in the east china sea and says the tokyo metropolitan government is negotiating the purchase of the islands from private owners to keep them in japanese hands. >> translator: it's outrageous for china to say the senkaku are theirs. tokyo will purchase the islands, tokyo will protect the islands. >> ishihara gave a lecture at a u.s. think tank in washington. he says china's getting tougher in the way it approaches its claim to the senkakus and that the islands are at risk. the senkaku islands are located to the west of okinawa's main island. the japanese government claims sovereignty over them based on historical records and international law. four of the five uninhabited islands are privately owned. the central government rents them but governor ishihara says it should do more than that. he says it is really not tokyo's job to buy the islands, but he maintains the foreign ministry doesn't have the kourcourage to through with the high profile real
KCSMMHZ
Jul 12, 2012 6:00am PDT
nishikawa, nhk world. >>> the korean peninsula and the south china sea are two security flashpoints with potential to unsettle the entire asia-pacific region. both have been on the agenda at this year's asean regional forum in cambodia. dhra dhirakaosal reports from the forum in phnom penh. >> it brings southeast asia today with global powers like the united states and smaller regional states like north korea. it is a rare opportunity for diplomats to be invited to the same event as their kourpt counterparts from pyongyang. the other big topic of the week, how to resolve simmering disputes among nations surrounding the south china sea. delegates from 26 countries and the european union gathered thursday afternoon in phnom penh. the north korean foreign minister was closely watched by the international media. it is the first time the regime of kim jong-un has sat down as at an international conference with the united states. the other member countries of the stalled six-party talks also attended, including south korea and china. the nuclear issue has gained urgency since april when north
KCSMMHZ
Feb 14, 2012 6:00am PST
premier on tuesday. they didn't quite get a clear commitment from china. the eu asked china to hope boost the financial base of the european financial stability and the international monetary fund. china expressed willingness to continue talks with terks. this is because china's exports have been falling and the economy is slowing down due to the debt problems in the euro zone, is largest trade partner for china. >> translator: china is preparing to support the european union. we will cooperate with them and hold dialogue. >> we welcome the positive attitude and engagement china and premier have taken publicly towards the stability of the euro zone and the european union. >> china's believed likely to continue discussing cautiously when and how it can support the eu in view of the strong opposition back in the country against providing support for europe. japan central bank has decided to step up monetary easing to boost the economy. the decision comes after the country gdp shrank in october-december period due to europe's credit problems and the strong yen. the bank of japan made the ann
KCSMMHZ
Jan 11, 2012 6:00am PST
presidential election. the result could affect relations with china and regional security. for the next three days here on "newsline" we'll tell you more about the main candidates and the issues at play. nhk world's raja pradhan reports from taipei. >> as election day is approaching here many rallies are being held throughout the city and it seems to be a fierce battle between the current president and his rival from the largest opposition. the the candidates vying for the presidency are incumbent president ma ying-jeou, tsai ing-wen and james soong of the people first party. according to public opinion surveys conducted by taiwanese media outlets, it's a close race between ma and tsai. and the see point of contention here is how close taiwan should be to china. i explored people's view on this issue. ma is to appear any minute and the entire crowd of nationalist party of supporters are waiting to hear his voice. president ma says that better relations with china under his administration have led to economic growth. >> translator: the people of taiwan need a government that can bri
KCSMMHZ
Feb 15, 2012 6:00am PST
. >>> the man many say will be the next leader of china received a familiar welcome at the white house. xi jinping is expected to take over this fall as head of the ruling communist party. already the chinese vice president is getting a rough ride. u.s. president barack obama lectured him on beijing's record on trade and human rights. nhk world reports from washington. >> thank you. >> reporter: president obama has certainly heard xi jinping's name. his opinions remain somewhat of a mystery. so the two took time in the oval office to get to know each other a little better. obama got right to it, pressing xi on some of the same issues he has stressed with other chinese leaders. >> we want to work with china to make sure that everybody is working by the same rules of the road when it comes to the world economics system, and that includes ensuring that there is a balanced trade flow. >> reporter: u.s. leaders failed to raise human rights when they meet with their chinese counterparts. obama, too, had some advice. >> expanding power and prosperity also comes with increased responsibilities. >>
KCSMMHZ
Jul 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
penh. they are trying to deal with territorial skirmishes involving china and the south china sea. the disputed waters are thought to hold vast reserves of valuable natural resources. the asean foreign ministers will hold a week of meetings and they'll also sit down with chinese and japanese counterparts. nhk world's dhra dhirakaosal has more. >> the code of conduct is what everyone is talking about, otherwise known as the coc, proposed legally set of protocols for resolving disputes in the south china sea. asean foreign ministers discussed the coc. it will also be high on the agenda involving china over the coming days. cambodian prime minister thein sein said they should use this week's meetings with china, the united states and japan and other countries to make progress on regional security. >> reporter: several southeast asian nations, including vietnam and the philippines are at odds with china over sovereignty of islands in the south china sea. the area is a potential source of oil and gas reserves. at monday's meeting, asean ministers agreed on the basic elements of the code of
KCSMMHZ
Jan 25, 2013 6:00am PST
>>> the leaders of china's communist party says he's open to high level dialogue between his country and japan. but xi jinping argues the right environment needs to be established first. >>> japanese survivors of the hostage crisis in algeria are back home along with the bodies of nine colleagues. the nation's leaders vow to continue their fight against terrorism. >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline". the head of the chinese communist party want leaders from his country and japan to sit down and talk. xi jinping says he's seriously considering the possibility of high level dialogue but before it can happen he says the right environment needs to be established. japan/china relations have been strained since last fall because of a territorial dispute. xi made the comments after meeting with a senior japanese politician. natsuo yamaguchi leads the new komeito party. he delivered a letter from prime minister shinzo abe. natsuo yamaguchi told xi his visit marks the first step in improving relations. he says it's important to continue dialogue leading to a bilateral summit. xi jinpi
KCSMMHZ
Jan 8, 2013 6:00am PST
mouse with chinese government vessels in the east china sea, and he's watched north korean leaders launch rockets. abe is moving forward with plans to strengthen national defense. abe intends to scrap guidelines endorsed by the former government. defense ministry officials have drawn up their budget request for the upcoming fiscal year. they're looking for an additional 100 billion yen, more than 1 billion u.s. dollars. leaders are expected to use some of those funds to increase surveillance around the senkaku islands in the east china sea. the japanese government bought them from a private owner in september. china and taiwan also claim the islands. chinese government ships have entered japanese waters repeatedly since the islands were nationalized. abe and members of his cabinet will consider increasing the number of personnel in the self-defense forces, and they're looking at spending more on equipment. >>> those chinese government ships entered japanese waters against this week. four maritime surveillance vessels navigated near the senkaku islands for more than 13 hours. later
KCSMMHZ
Oct 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
reaction from a number of other nations, including the u.s. and china. president barack obama said a year ago the notion of a free libya seemed impossible. >> so this is a momentous day in the history of libya. the dark shadow of tyranny has been lifted. the libyan people have a great responsibility, to build an inuse dolantnd mocricya. hise foreiinistr spokespeonaiaewag has enurd in libya's histo. >>ralator: chi hes trsition to anncsive politicarocess will start a soon apoible. sothcolidarity and naon uty is safeguard. >> jiang did not comment on the killing of gadhafi. >>> china was the last among the u.n. security council permanent members to approve libya's national transitional council. negotiations between china and the ntc were stalled over the issue of chinsigs t vepmt ojtsnby th cneovnmt had eeait tadfi gi. > w bk he i jan, wiers ft prchg e ea hy t mch11 saer volunteers are now busy delivering traditional heaters to evacuees to protect them from the cold. on friday, evacuees welcomed the arrival of traditional heaters in miyagi prefecture. the we dat b groups. the voluntee
KCSMMHZ
Jul 26, 2012 6:00am PDT
♪ >>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." >> china's state run news agency says the authorities have indicted a suspect for the murder of a business man. wife of official has been charged with killing the man. officials have indicted the woman and a family aid for killing haywood. her husband was communist party chief. he was suspected from all party posts in april on suspicion in, involvement on party relations. >> the overall human rights situation in china continues to deteriorate. >> he was the rep sensitive during two days of talks. he cited democracy activist lu shao bo. posner says officials have called on the chinese to release those in detention or allow access to lawyers. >> chen jwan chang escaped house arrest in china and went to new york in may. he spoke with us about his fears and hopes. alec hurst reports. >> translator: for six or seven years, he was under surveillance by the authorities. i was not even allowed to call my family. >> two months have passed since chen arrived in the united states as a visiting scholar at new york university. he lives there on campus wit
KCSMMHZ
Dec 13, 2012 6:00am PST
its territory. an airplane from china's maritime authorities intruded into japan's airspace over the senkaku islands. that's in the east china sea. jets were scrambled to the scene. japan controls the senkaku islands, china and taiwan claimed them. the japan coast guard says one of its vessels spotted the plane thursday morning and reported it to japan's defense ministry. it was about 15 kilometers south of the uotsuri islands. part of the senkaku island chain. the minister says eight f-15 fighters from the air self defense force based in okinawa were dispatched in response. but when they arrived the chinese plane had already left japanese airspace. the coast guard photo of the chinese aircraft shows letters on the plane's body indicating it belongs to china's state oceanic administration. the defense ministry says this was the first such intrusion by a chinese aircraft since the self-defense forces began keeping records. the coast guard says the plane was initially spotted around 10:40 a.m. local time. coast guard officials confirmed the intrusion at 11:06 and the plane moved out of
KCSMMHZ
Oct 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
strong views. his actions sparked the recent tensions over territory in the east china sea. he raised money to purchase the senkaku islands from a japanese owner. he wanted to develop the islands, but the central government moved in to nationalize the territory. that prompted widespread protests in china. ishiha ishihara's party will offer voters an alternative to the ruling democratic party and the major opposition liberal democrats. the japan/china territorial dispute is playing out in the sea around the senkaku islands. chinese government ships entered japanese waters thursday. they navigated in the area for about seven hours. coast guard officials spotted four patrol vessels sailing about 22 kilometers off one of the islands that's just inside japan's waters. they say the ships were as close as four kilometers off the island at one point. all of them left japanese waters later in the day. vice foreign minister chikao kawai launched a protest with chinese ambassador cheng yonghua. japan controls the senkaku islands. china and taiwan claim them. assistant secretary of state k
KCSMMHZ
Jan 11, 2013 6:00am PST
of negative growth. china is slowing down, the eurozone is still suffering and the u.s. economy remains precarious so abe is determined to turn around the japanese economy. of course from is a political dimension to this. japanese vote again in july in the election for the upper house and abe needs to show he's doing something to speed the recovery. >> there's a lot of money involved. the question is will it work? >> certainly these measures will provide a temporary boost but they will not solve the underlying problems. abe says he'll build his economic policy on three pillars -- increased public spending, monetary easing and doing more to encourage growth. we've seen in the stimulus how abe plans to spend taxpayers' money. on top of that he is urging the bank of japan to set an inflation target of 2% and to get more money flowing through the economy. the lines on the final pillar measures toward growth are less clear. some have insisted sustainable growth will only come by making industries more competitive through deregulation. but, government leaders have yet to articulate ho
KCSMMHZ
Jul 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
most delicate issues, who owns the south china sea. delegates from both sides agreed to start working on a legally binding code of conduct to settle disputes peacefully. foreign ministers from the ten member states met their chinese counterpart on wednesday afternoon. china agreed to start discussions on drawing up the code of conduct but observers say china seems reluctant to sign a binding agreement that could limit its activities in the south china sea. the waters are believed to hold oil and natural gas. china has its eye on the natural resources to power its economy, the biggest in asia. one of the biggest countries have been rising this year. vessels were locked in a standoff that lasted more than two months. for an analysis we are joined by char main. what do you make of china's decision? >> china has agreed to start the code of conduct favored by asean to avoid international criticism and doesn't want to give the united states an excuse to intervene. but china's basic policy remains unchanged. that means no concessions regarding its territorial claims to the south china sea. i
KCSMMHZ
Mar 18, 2013 6:00am PDT
deadline. many are running late in revising their plans to deal with accidents. >>> and china's new president is promising a better future for his people and a stronger nation. but xi jinping will face challenges as he tries to turn his dream into a reality. welcome to "newsline." disaster management officials in japan have released statistics they know are shocking, but that they hope will help people prepare. they say damage from an earthquake that's expected to hit any time could reach 2.3 trillion dollars in a worst-case scenario. that's more than twice the current national budget. scientists warn the nankai trough south of japan's main island could trigger a magnitude 8.1 earthquake. they say the probability of it happening sometime in the next 30 years is 70% to 80%. disaster management officials say in the worst case scenario the quake and resulting tsunami would kill more than 300,000 people. nearly 10 million others would need to take shelter because electricity and water supplies would be disrupted. officials say damage to housing, businesses, factories could top $1.5 tril
KCSMMHZ
Feb 19, 2013 6:00am PST
counterparts in china to help contain north korea and punish it. a senior diplomat has travelled to beijing for discussions. north korean authorities conducted an underground nuclear test last week, and they're threatening more action. the head of the foreign affairs will head to china. japanese diplomats say he'll call on the chinese to help adopt a new u.n. security council resolution, authorizing more sanctions against north korea. he's also expected to ask to persuade north korean authorities not to conduct anymore nuclear or missile tests. the problem is chinese leaders urge their allies to hold off on the test, but president north koreans did it anyway. now some people in china want their government to rethink their relationship. here's more from beijing. >> reporter: north korea conducted the nuclear test while people in china were celebrating the lunar new year. a spokesperson for china's foreign ministry criticized the action. >> translator: we have released a strong statement regarding north korea's nuclear test. we have made it clear that china is resolutely opposed to this kind of a
KCSMMHZ
May 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
shoal in the south china sea. the territory is claimed by both china and the philippines. the demonstrations come one month after china deployed vessels in the area. nhk world's kathleen ocampo reports from manila. >> china! >> back off! >> reporter: nearly 150 demonstrators gathered outside the chinese embassy in manila, voicing their criticism of recent actions by the chinese government. >> to take away something without even taking consideration your neighbors, i guess that is not a proper way. >> reporter: the latest role began april 10th when chinese marine survey ships prevented a philippine navy vessel from seizing chinese fishing boats near the shoal. as the standoff continued china instructed authorities on may 2nd to step up checks on bananas and other food grown in the philippines. there's speculation the move is effectively a countermeasure on china's part. china accuses the philippine government of being behind the backlash on friday. >> translator: it was inappropriate for the philippines to incite its people to hold the rally. this will only complicate and worse
KCSMMHZ
Jun 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
of firsts for china. the shenzhou nine linked up with the tenggong 1 module. engineers at a ground base carried out the docking by remote control. they've been adjusting the spacecraft's orbit since its liftoff saturday. they went inside the space lab. two of them are men. the third is a woman. liu yang. she's the first female chinese astronaut to go into orbit. they'll perform a manual docking and carry out experiments during their 13-day mission. the link-up in space marks china's first manned docking. it's the third country to do this after the united states and russia. chinese leaders are aiming to build a permanent space station by 2020. >>> diplomats are meeting in moscow to argue over the future of iran's nuclear program. representatives of seven nations are in the russian capital. it's their third round of negotiations since april. they are trying to sort out their differences over the iranian government's uranium enrichment program. eu foreign policy chief catherine ashton and iran's top nuclear negotiator saeed jalili are participating in the two-day discussions. negotiat
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2012 6:00am PDT
maritime forum has taken place in the philippine capital manila on friday. japan, china, and the united states joined the forum for the first time. japan used its first occasion at the table to stress its position that territorial disputes should be settled peacefully. japan didn't mention any country by name, but it comments were apparently aimed at china. >> these efforts must be made through peaceful talks, which should deny any idea justifying might is right. it is indispensable for anybody concern to resolve disputes over territories in a peaceful manner based on international law. >> the two nations are involved in a deepening confrontation over the senkaku islands. china and some asean countries also have competing claims to areas in the south china sea. participants at the meeting say china's delegate insisted that it wants to resolve the territorial issues peacefully. he said china places high importance on discussions with asean countries. china seems to be trying to avoid adding to concern about its behavior among its neighbors. >>> the u.s. military is strengthening its pres
KCSMMHZ
Jan 31, 2012 6:00am PST
>>> welcome to "newsline." members of the japanese government are investigating whether china is tapping into a rich resource it might not fully own. new video suggests chinese engineers are mining a gas field in the east china sea. both countries had agreed to talk about the field's development before moving forward. nhk camera operators captured images last thursday showing flames shooting out of a drilling rig in a gas field. the video also shows people work on the rig. the gas field lies near the median line separating japan and china's exclusive economic zones. the countries agreed in 2008 to begin discussion on jointly develop the area. but negotiations stalled in 2010 after a chinese fishing boat rammed into japanese coast guard patrol vessels off disputed islands. we asked the japanese veteran oil and gas engineer to give us his take on the nhk video. >> translator: the flames and smoke indicate they may be burning natural gas. that means china could be continuing development on its own. >> chief cabinet secretary says any unilateral development is unacceptable. he says i
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Mar 14, 2013 6:00am PDT
>>> transition of power. xi jinping becomes president of china and now controls the country, the military, and the communist party. welcome to nhk world "newsline." xi jinping is now the face of a nation of 1.3 billion people. representatives from across china have confirm him as their country's new president. they voted during the annual session of the national peoples congress in beijing, completing a leadership handover that began last fall. xi jinping replaces hu jintao who was president for the past decade. last fall, he became the communist party's general secretary and chairman of the central and military commission after the party's congress. he now holds the highest post in the government, the party, and the military. president xi was born into privilege. he takes over china at 59 years old. after spending decades working his way up the political ladder. he's one of china's so-called princelings. the term is used to describe children of senior communist party officials. his father once served as vice premier. xi jinping was sent to work in the countryside during the cult
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Mar 15, 2013 6:00am PDT
expanding without participation of china. she stressed that the process of integrating the economy in the asia pacific region must be carried out step by step. the chinese government has so far not shown its willingness to participate in tpp. but it apparently hopes to benefit from the high growth across the region. that's by expanding the free trade zone covering the asean nation, japan, south korea and other countries. prime minister abe's announcement has gotten mixed response from business leaders and lawmakers in japan. japan business federation chairman kuroda welcomed the decision to join the tpp talks. he said the prompt decision based on the outcome of the recent japan u.s. summit shows the prime minister's strong leadership and negotiating capability. about 80 opponents including a multiparty group of lawmakers held a rally in front of the diet building. >> translator: the government must not sell our country to the united states without a full explanation to our people. many issues remain unresolved. >> people taking part in the rally held sit-ins in front of the diet bu
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May 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
accusing a diplomat and former member of china's intelligence services of running a business while on assignment in the japanese capital. they say he illegally obtained an alien registration card to do that. an international treaty bans diplomats from carrying out private work. police are preparing to charge the 45-year-old man. the suspect was the first secretary at the chinese embassy in japan. investigators say he applied for a foreign residence card in 2008 at a tokyo ward office, and that he didn't disclose his status as a diplomat. police asked him earlier this month to come in for questioning but he rejected the request and returned to china. investigators say the diplomat may have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from japanese companies for what he described as investment in the farming business in china. some of the money was reportedly transferred to a bank account he opened with the illegally obtained alien registration card. he allegedly used the funds to expand his ties to politicians and business leaders. japanese police and other authorities said he worked in
KCSMMHZ
Dec 14, 2012 6:00am PST
attention is on china. the north's most influential ally. today on china report, we look at the response from leaders in bejing and what motivates their longstanding relationship with an isolated regime. >> reporter: chinese media were quick to respond to the rocket launch. tv networks ran a news clip using reports by foreign news agencies. but it took a full six hours for the chinese government to issue a formal comment.ititititititit press conference of the foreign ministry. >> translator: it's regrettable that north korea went ahead with the launch, despite the international's community close attention. as a member of the united nations, the north has the obligation to respect security council resolutions. >> reporter: china is north korea's neighbor and the most important of its fuel lines, also an economic superpower, since fighting the korean war together, the two countries have maintained close relations. in september, north korea held a briefing in beijing, calling for massive investment in a special economic zone. the north's economy is in dire shape, and the only way it will im
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Nov 6, 2012 6:00am PST
sold voters on their foreign policy plans. they talked tough on china. however, they didn't flesh out their approach for dealing with the world's second largest economy. nhk world's susumu kojima went to find some answers. >> reporter: president barack obama was elected four years ago. he promised a change from his predecessor, george w. bush. he has taken an approach to foreign policy. >> we were able to refocus our attention not only on the terrorist threat but also beginning a transition process in afghanistan. it also allowed us to refocus on alliances and relationships that had been neglected for a decade. >> reporter: republican presidential candidate mitt romney says he will take a different approach. he says the u.s. must maintain its own strength to create stability around the world. >> it is our responsibility and the responsibility of the president to use america's greatest power to shape history. >> reporter: both candidates have talked about relations with china but often in economic terms. neither has explained enough how he would deal with beijing diplomatically. china
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Nov 30, 2012 6:00am PST
, putting pressure on russia, china and iran to stop supporting this regime, and then this would be useful, or supporting militarily the opposition or the interfering by the nato to make free zone and no-fly zone. >> reporter: russia and china have repeatedly vetoed u.n. security council resolutions on imposing sanctions against syria. without their support, the international efforts can only put limited pressure on president assad. diplomats here are still hoping their efforts will help in some part to end the conflict in syria. however, after 20 months of violence, they've learned getting peace will take time. akira saheki, nhk world, tokyo. >>> satellite images show north korea could be preparing to launch another rocket. researchers at johns hopkins university in the united states say they have observed the first two stages of what appears to be a long-range missile. these images of the launch site in tongchang-ri on the west coast of north korea were captured on monday. researchers say they show trailers carrying the first two stages of a three-stage rocket. they say north korean offi
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Sep 28, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." communist party officials in china have answered questions that have been swirling for weeks by making two key announcements. they've set a date for when their transition of power will begin. it's november 8th. and they've also decided on their punishment for a once-rising political star. they stripped bo xilai of his party membership. his case exposed the darker side of china's power structure. the state-run xinhua news agency is reporting the communist party will transfer bo's case to judicial authorities. he's accused of taking large bribes and abusing his power. bo was the highest ranking communist party official of the inland city of chongqing. he was expected to join the party's top brass this year, but a series of incidents led to his downfall. his former aid etemporarily pled to the u.s. consulate in february. officials cited bo for violating party discipline. they suspended him from the post he held in the political bureau. then in july, police charged bo's wife and her aide with murdering british businessman neil haywood. a chinese
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Jan 24, 2013 6:00am PST
launch. he will be visiting china on friday and then will head to japan to coordinate policy on north korea. >>> all of the players in this high-stakes game have seen the north koreans turn words into actions before. hiroki iwojima has been covering the korean peninsula for years. hiroki, is north korea in a position to conduct a nuclear test? >> this announcement came from the national defense commission, which often doesn't make statements. we can see these as a final warning. the nuclear analyst tells nhk that north korean scientists are ready to go. he says there are three tunnels in the northern area where previous nuclear tests happened. he notes one is off limits because it's being used before. but he says nuclear officials are making preparations at the other two and could carry out a test at any time. a senior japanese intelligence official told me one of the tunnels could handle a plutonium-type test and the other a test involving highly enriched uranium, which is easier to turn into bomb-making material. experts believe that the north conducted a plutonium type nuclea
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Jul 19, 2012 6:00am PDT
india. china wasn't invited. analysts say the u.s. intends to use rimpac as one way to keep china's activities in the asia-pacific region in check. >>> japan and u.s. forces are also preparing against a large-scale disaster that experts say could hit tokyo at any time. mitsuko nishikawa tells us more. >> reporter: this is what tokyo would look like if it was hit directly by a massive earthquake. >> reporter: it's the kind of situation today's joint drill was meant to address. the 5,000 participants focused on improving coordination during disaster relief operations. based upon a scenario, the officials check the extent of damage and the number of casualties to the devised set of priorities. japan's self-defense forces have been conducting similar drills regularly since 2006. today is the first time they are joined by counterparts from the u.s. military. >> there's some air reconnaissance conducting right now over the tokyo bay. >> reporter: some 100,000 japanese troops were mobilized during last year's disaster. the united states contributed 16,000 soldiers to provide assistance und
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Sep 13, 2011 6:00am PDT
move to further strengthen economic ties with china, the aintrio o taewk fe tradine ear. unrhecomi cpeti frewk agreement, taiwan and china are facing tariffs on 800 items including industrial goods and farm products by 2013. the abolition of tariffs starting in january in the first half of this year, taiwan's export to china increased by 12% from the same period last year. armed with the free trade agreement, taiwan has drawn up a new growth strategy of attracting investment making full use of its position as a gateway to china's huge market. k world's makita has more. >> reporter: a seminar on investment was held in tokyo last month. iwan's enoiniste took part along with about 200 business leaders. they appealed to japanese audience to invest in taiwan to enjoy the benefit of lower tariffs. >> translator: taiwanese companies are fully aware of th taste of chinese consumers. make use of our long eerience d youl be winners together with us. >> reporter: taiwan's call for japanese investment apparently reflects its wish to boost competitiveness by forming tie-ups with japanese firms.
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Feb 8, 2013 6:00am PST
happened last month between their forces in the east china sea. china's defense ministry issued a statement denying that ever happened. the state refers to two different incidents. crews on the chinese frigot approached a helicopter because it approached their vessel. a chinese ship monday stored a destroyer following it at close range. but the statement denies chinese crews used fire-controlled radar in either instance. it says officials in tokyo released false reports without confirming the facts with their counterparts in beijing. a spokesperson for the chinese foreign ministry also denied japan's claim. >> translator: all of our departments have published the true facts. the japanese claims are complete fabrication. >> later on friday, japan's vice foreign minister summoned china's ambassador to protest the denials. he urged chinese authorities to reinvestigate the case and to adopt preventive measures. >>> japanese defense representatives have provided more information to back up their version of what happened at the end of january. they say their data shows the crew on the c
KCSMMHZ
Dec 22, 2011 6:00am PST
>>> a clue from the past. newly-released documents shed light on a meeting between japan and china nearly 40 years ago. it is what these leaders did not talk about that's triggering debate. >> a territorial tug of war between japan and china has taken another turn involving the senkaku islands in the eastern china sea. japan says the islands are part of its territory. china also claims sovereignty over them. newly declassified documents further support japan's position. they show the former chinese premier, zhou enlai i avoided discussions during an important meeting nearly four decades ago. the japanese foreign ministry released 15 files on thursday. they detailed diplomatic ties exchange from 1955 to 1973. and they include discussions between then-prime minister kaku tanaka and premier zhou. the leaders met in september of 1972 in beijing to sign a joint statement declaring the diplomatic ties. at one point during the four days of talks tanaka abruptly asked zhou for his opinion on the senkaku islands. zhou said he didn't want to talk about it at this time. the chinese premier sa
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Aug 20, 2012 6:00am PDT
oda, nhk world, china. >>> japan is feeling the impact of an economic slowdown in china. its exports to the giant market next door fell between january and june for the first time in three years. the japan external trade organization or jentro says exports to china totalled about $73.7 billion in the first six months of this year. that's down 5.7% from a year earlier. shipments of steel, construction machinery and semiconductor equipment showed declines. that reflects flagging demand in china due to the effects of europe's debt crisis. jetro officials say the imports from china hit a record $91.3 billion showing a 7.5% year on year gain due in part to rising smartphone imports. as a result, japan's trade deficit with china grew to a record high of about $17.6 billion. officials say exports to china are expected to continue to fall as production in the country is likely to remain sluggish. they also predict the bilateral trade deficit for the entire year will also set a record. >>> toyota motor has rolled out a new model to try to boost sales in the european market that's been hit har
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Feb 7, 2013 6:00am PST
last year after japan's leaders nationalized the senkaku islands in the east china sea. japan controls the islands, china and taiwan claims them. he said the crew directed its weapons radar at a japanese destroyer, but they did not train artillery at the ship, said it's not clear if the chinese crew had removed the safety device on the artillery. they are interesting in creating interest. >> translator: japan is trying to tarnish china's image. it doesn't work to improve the bilateral relationship. >> chinese foreign ministry spoke person was responding to a remark by japanese defense minister. he said the use of weapons radar could be considered a threat of force under the united nations charter. china's defense ministry and other agencies are investigating the incident. she again blamed japan for months of strained ties over the islands in the east china sea. the issue is not china flexing its muscles but is really about continuous illegal activities by japanese vessels and planes in china's waters and airspace. >>> populous, prosperous, pushing ahead. china's rise, grounded wealth,
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Oct 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
kobayashi, nhk world, cairo. >>> tensions are rising from a territorial dispute with china are casting a shadow over japanese trade. japan posted a record trade deficit for the six months to september as exports to china plunged. finance ministry officials also reported monthly trade figures. japan's deficit stood at about $7 billion, a new high. officials pointed to a steep drop in car exports to china. chinese demand for japanese goods has slumped due to the dispute over the senkaku islands in the east china sea. japan controls the islands. china claims them. the finance ministry says japan's deficit for the six months through september was about $40 billion. it was the largest half-year deficit since the government began keeping records in 1979. half-year trade with the european union fell into the red for the first time with a deficit reaching more than $1 billion. against china, japan's deficit for the period was $19 billion. the bank of japan downgraded its economic assessments of eight of nine regions due to sluggish production and personal consumption. it's the first time in thre
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Apr 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
area. it also says three aegis-equipped destroyers will be deployed in east china sea and the sea of japan. the japanese cabinet agreed to extend its sanctions on north korea for another year before they expire on april 13th. the current extension is due to the north's planned rocket launch and its failure to reinvestigate the fate of japanese nationals it abducted. the sanctions were introduced six years ago after pyongyang carried out missile and nuclear experiments. >>> members of the association of southeast asian nations have called for sanctions against myanmar to be lifted. they held a summit the day after the results emerged from the landmark bi-election in myanmar. pro-democracy leader aung san suu kyi is set to take a seat in parliament. asean hopes myanmar's progress will be rewarded. patchari raksawong in our bangkok bureau is covering the story. >> asean leaders called the results of sunday's bi-election in myanmar a big step towards democracy. the possible lifting of economic sanctions was also on the agenda at the summit in cambodia. such a move would help them achieve
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Nov 5, 2012 6:00am PST
the presidential candidates on a range of issues. one of them is their stance on china. some americans consider the world's second largest economy a threat. obama and romney have tried to reflect that sentiment, but as nhk world's susumu kojima tells us, campaign sound bites don't necessarily tell the full story. >> reporter: the employees in wisconsin know the pressures of their industry all too well. they watched colleague after colleague lose it because of competition from chinese factories. chinese companies break trade rules by setting imports at a loss, which pushed him to slash his workforce and hold off on expansion plans. >> any type of elected official should stand up for a level playing field. we're not asking for anything more. >> reporter: a recent study by the pew research center said many americans consider being tough with the chinese on economic issues an important priority. barack obama has promised american voters he will make china play by the rules. >> we're organizing trade relations with countries other than china so that china starts feeling more press
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Jun 29, 2012 6:00am PDT
uncoupled from the space laboratory. among the crew of three inside was china's first woman in space. the craft gradually descended and entered earth's atmosphere. the landing capsule hit ground in china's inner mongolia region. state-run television broadcast live footage of the vessel's return. premier wen jiabao and other top leaders monitored the landing from beijing. the crew members greeted onlookers as they left the capsule. the manned spacecraft's voyage was an important step forward for china's developing space program. officials plan to build a space station for long-term stays by around 2020. >>> the safe return of the astronauts coinicideses with some more good news for china. this time in the field of archaeology. on exploration in the country's south yielded the oldest fragments of pottery found so far in the world. a team of chinese and american archaeologists discovered the fragments in the shenran dong cave. they examined the geological layer where the samples were found. it allowed them to conclude humans made the ware 20,000 years ago. until this discovery, the earl
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